A friend of mine asked me these questions. I zipped off a reply to him, but thought it would be interesting to see how some others answer them. So I dropped an email to them and wait to hear their comments.
For convenience, I’ve numbered his questions.
=== Begin questions
I am more or less working through some thoughts for a sermon in the future which leads me to seek you out for some answers I do not know.
1. Is there concern for physical persecution in Brazil among the Christians?
2. If that is the case, do the Christians bond closer together, or distances themselves from one another unless worshiping?
3. In the absence of persecution, do Christians there spend time together throughout their days or is it a situation of meet on sunday and not see each other for a week?
4. Characterize the type of preaching you do in Brazil. Is it a revolution of basic themes or focus on details?
5. If meals are shared by the Christians is the conversation about daily life or is there much discussion about the Bible in casual conversation?
6. Would you characterize Christians there as excited? As a comparison, in most settings here at congregations I would not characterize folks as excited.
7. Are the people warm? How is this demonstrated?
8. What sets the Christians apart from the rest of the populace there?
Thanks a bunch for anything you might be able to answer.
=== End questions
So ran the email. I eagerly await replies from friends and family. Lastly, I’ll add my responses …