From the past: 1909 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. christians wanting to live like Christ for two weeks.
A faith community that does not impart its sacred writings to its young people is one generation away from extinction.
By lots of people is faith about trust and can be seen that they do not have any trust in institutions like churches. Everywhere can be found empty churches or churches made into libraries or shops and even discotheques.
In the West it often looks like we have come in a Post-Christian world.
Have looks at politics changed between the 19th century and now? How were people to look at the coming Kingdom of God and how are the present believers willing to wait patiently for that Kingdom which would take place where according to them?
In 1909 the bible students were aware that a serious war would come their way. They saw the German Empire investing a lot in the navy and saw a form of anarchy taking place in the so called civilised countries were lesser people went to church.
Because the church of Christendom had taught a lot of things not in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, people by the 19th century started seriously concerned about truth and about the necessity to follow the main church. But people could have hope the gospel being preached in more places. More people also starting to think about a “little flock” that has been sought during the Gospel age.
In Australia at the beginning of the 20th century the Methodist Church of Victoria and Tasmania had to encounter a serious decrease in their membership.