Ryan Jermaine Bruce is a busy young Christian man. He is currently an undergraduate of Electrical Architecture at the University of East London. He also runs a PR company and started his own radio show in July 2012, which will be broadcast in four countries across three continents. In addition to this, he is writing his first book, and has launched a social justice initiative called The Dream Revolution, which aims to help the Black community progress in the areas of education, politics and business, using godly principles.
What are the key challenges you face as a young Christian, and how does your faith help you overcome them?
Dismissal. I’ve always dreamt big, and sometimes when you present ideas to people you think can help you, they automatically think you’re too young, or you don’t have enough experience. Whilst I understand that, I’ve never allowed it to cripple me. James 2:17 reminds us that faith without works is dead, and sometimes that ‘work’ is something you have to do on your own. Not everybody will have enough ‘faith’ in your vision to ‘work’ with you.
How does your faith inspire you to fulfil your ambitions?
The Bible reminds us that faith without works is dead. There is a lot I desire to accomplish in life: from being a worthy example to my son; to being a successful entrepreneur; to helping with the advancement of the gospel industry and the Black community. All of these things require active determination. Being a good father, businessman or community leader are not qualities a person is born with; they are qualities that we acquire through life experiences and hard work.
How can/should the Church inspire young people to fulfil God’s purpose in their lives?
I’ve always said ‘You cannot have a cassette tape ministry in an iPod generation’. If our churches are going to help this generation move forward and excel in all areas of life, they need to think bigger than just allowing them to have their own separate services or conferences. With the discouraging prediction from governments that this is going to be the first generation to live beneath the economic standard of their parents, we need to be able to rely on the Church to encourage, mentor, counsel and guide our young people in the opposite direction of the status quo.
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