Culture: Living in the Places of God by Scott Nelson

By Scott Nelson

The project of God has a church. So the church should be in sync with the venture of God. this can be the guiding philosophy of the Forge Missions education community, which has helped church leaders and laypeople alike around the globe to arrive their friends, their neighborhoods and their groups with the gospel. In those publications you and your mates might be built to be missionaries the place you are—which is why God has a church within the first position. In Culture: dwelling within the locations of God you and your pals will concentration your awareness at the context during which God has positioned you. simply because the church within the publication of Acts realized to always ask, "What form of humans can we must be, and what kind of message will we have to communicate, with a view to faithfully live to tell the tale undertaking the place we discover ourselves?" you are going to how you can be in and for where God has you. different volumes within the Forge publications for Missional dialog: Community: residing because the humans of GodMission: dwelling for the needs of GodPower: residing via the Spirit of GodVision: residing below the guarantees of God

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32). Paul had successfully used his observation of their cultural ways to pique their interest in Jesus and his resurrection. What opportunities does your culture or context provide for piquing people’s interest in the gospel? How might you use those opportunities? Imagine that you encounter a group of people who represent your culture, as the philosophers represented the culture of Athens. indd 42 7/25/13 2:01 PM Living as Translators 43 opportunities you have previously discussed. Record the outline your group develops in the following space.

What demonic and evil things would be destroyed? Theological Reflection: The God Who Makes All Things New Salt, in Jesus’ time, had at least four uses based on its natural qualities: preserving, purifying, seasoning and fertilizing. Discuss each of the four uses of salt as it might relate to the way the church ought to encounter cultures and contexts. How does the church act as a preserver, purifier, seasoning or fertilizer in cultures and contexts? The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) commissioned a study on the relationship between the church and culture in the 1970s.

The idea of the resurrection was a barrier that prevented the “educated elite” from responding to the gospel, but it was a nonnegotiable feature of Paul’s message. Together, outline the nonnegotiable elements of the gospel that you must proclaim no matter how offensive or ridiculous they might seem to your context. Notice, however, that not everyone sneered at Paul’s message. Some were intrigued and asked to hear more (v. 32). Paul had successfully used his observation of their cultural ways to pique their interest in Jesus and his resurrection.

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