This infographic is taken from my upcoming release, Everything which officially releases October 16th. If you’d like to learn more, hop on over to the Everything site. I first learned about this concept of AYDI (though I’ve reworded and reframed it) from a church planting seminar I attended at Northwood Church in 2004.
Here’s why the message of this infographic is important: If we share half the gospel, we set people up for disillusionment. They expect to meet Jesus and have a joyful, ease-filled life. Except that those in the New Testament who followed Jesus had difficult lives. Sometimes they despaired.
Why? Because when we truly live for Jesus, the kingdom of darkness forms a target on our lives. There will be attack and difficulties.
Which is why we need to tell the whole truth. Following Jesus is HARD. But it’s worth it. It’s an incredible adventure, but it’s not without pitfalls and frustrations. The golden lining is the Holy Spirit, always with us, enabling us to persevere.
A note on this graphic: It’s free for you! Feel free to share it on Pinterest, your website, Facebook, Google Plus, or wherever it strikes your fancy. Print it off and use it in your small group. Let it become a discussion starter.