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Ministry in Contemporary Society, Lesson 006

Christian Ministry, Free Course, Lesson 006

Ministry in Contemporary Society

Missions rest upon a foundation of scripture.  But mission endeavor also must take into account the process of interfacing with modern cultures.  Culture is in itself a neutral concept being, neither right nor wrong, good nor evil.  But elements embraced by various cultures may be either a blessing to the Christian witness or a hindrance. The gospel is unique.  It fits all people in all time periods and in all cultures.  The problem in preaching cross-culturally lies in the preacher and not in gospel content.

The basic task of missions is to preach the gospel.  Despite the fact that cultures often oppose the gospel, the gospel can speak within culture.  Indigenization and contextualization become means to that end. When entering a different culture than our own we will need to comprehend the character of that culture and the stages of the missionary acculturation process. The actual process of doing missions across cultures is a rather difficult task.  The human experience tends to confirm us within our culture which is used as a standard for evaluating the merits of another.

Culture enables the smooth flow of social, political, and economic life.  When working within a foreign culture where that flow of life is dictated by another set of experiences the Christian must seek ways to present the gospel as a culture-less message.  Some would propose a new gospel and a church structure in order to reach people of the 21st century which is incorrect as gospel is timeless or not time-bound.

What is at issue is the matter of adapting the gospel to a culture without changing the gospel. Whenever human interpretation is invited human contamination is certain to follow.  Nevertheless, the missionary must also be aware that certain applications are purely cultural adaptations and are not biblical precepts.

Questions

  • What does the term ‘missions’ mean?
  • How are individual ministries shaped?
  • What have Christians struggled with since the time of the apostles?
  • What are Christians called to do?
  • What is the relationship between Christian mission and culture?
  • What is the standard for measuring culture?
  • How can the Christian faith be stated in relation to the faith of others?
  • What are contrasting views of missions?
  • Detail some of the issues facing both the church and modern missionary movement.
  • What are some of the most important skills needed for effective ministry?
  • What is the divine quality that underlies missions?
  • What are mission strategies?
  • What must the missionary accomplish as part of the aforementioned strategy?

 

 

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  1. Questions
    • What does the term ‘missions’ mean?
    The term” mission” means when in our case we as representation of Christ as church leaders and people which has dedicated their life in proclaiming Good News to other cultures and tradition and religion of people who has not heard of Salvation of Christ. Whenever such missions are prepared one always who is a leader ask brothers and sisters for united prayer. In prayer we ask God Yahweh for guidance of Holy Spirit trough Christ our Lord and for Safety and protection of all involved. ..Through this body of Missioners the connection is made through preaching one to one, organising speech or projecting slides and building a foundation in spiritual sense for next mission .
    • How are individual ministries shaped?
    Individual Ministry is shaped by devotion in Christ and willingness to dedicate and live according to Christ trough Faith ,Hope and Agape. Trough weakly gathering in prayer and ministry in teaching the will and ways that Christ has enlighten us to follow. .By open home church, or by witnessing to people in shopping centres, at work, any stage, of our life. Till we travel and seat in bus we can share the Good News ,visitation to hospitals, prisons, army, police department ,fire brigade. Living an exemplary life Worshiping God Yahweh trough Christ and showing Agape to our neighbour
    • What have Christians struggled with since the time of the apostles?
    With tradition, culture other religions and mixed pot of nation Christianity had and has even in our days after 2000 years hard times .The pagan tradition which has infiltrated Christianity stands as a stumbling block .Yet it is there many even do not realise that pagan custom like Christmas was worshiped in Babylon Yet even so we know that we even if know from history of Babylon that we to live in Babylon the Great .Satan has planted this seeds in to past counting that not many will awake to the point to realise thy actually worship pagan and not Christ given day to worship Passover.. There is a old saying among the people of all races,” .Old habits die hard”. It is true indeed
    • What are Christians called to do?
    To live up to Gods word in Salvation of our Saviour who has purchased us from this world for the next in re-establishing Paradise Lost .He-Christ our Saviour the New Adam has given his perfect life in order that each soul who believes in Him to be saved .Trough baptism we wash our sins away and take on a new ourselves to live and follow Christ according to scriptures .Trough education in God’s word of all 66 books of bible in God Yahweh we proclaim our faith in Christ with knowledge that we ask for Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us so this Good News of New Testament of our Lord is Proclaimed worldwide .Amen And then the end of this system of thinks shall come.
    • What is the relationship between Christian mission and culture?
    Relationship between Christian Mission and Culture is not a friend or enemy, but a proclamation of our Saviour Jesus the New Adam.. It is a neutral territory which has to be observed as such yet one need to understand from Christian Mission view point when preaching that one proclaims Christ our Saviour to that culture. This is done by prayers and asking God Yahweh for guidance by Holy Spirit in Christ. Personal gifts, gifts like bibles or pamphlets clothing and shoes for children .One has to remember the places where the missions are taken are guided by God Yahweh in Christ. All thinks has to be in Godly way
    • What is the standard for measuring culture?
    Standard of measuring culture is first the age. How long they have been in existence on earth. The historical background is important from viewpoint of better understanding. Every culture has a civilisation which in turn has created their good or bad habits .Culture creates art, soul-searching traditions of nations, religion and customs of nations. Not all cultures on earth are same due to Historical background. Christians worldwide belong to different culture, language groups yet as such how well they teach and observe in Christian way of life.
    • How can the Christian faith be stated in relation to the faith of others?
    Christian Faith in relation to the faith of others differs because we have a Saviour Jesus Christ who has died on Cross and has been resurrected on the 3-th day .No any other person in History of mankind has done this .Only trough Christ is possible to have .As John the Baptist was Saying “John 1:27 (New International Version)
    27He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
    Trough Christ in Christ alone. There is no other Faith in this world that has a Messiah .Even Satan knows that He Christ is the Son of God and shivers,.

    What are contrasting views of missions?
    Going on your own in to isolated areas without preparation or prayer .Contradicting in to culture of the people, enforcing people to see our view point acting like tyrant will do only harm.Planing and collecting data based on pre visitation without God is negative.

    Detail some of the issues facing both the church and modern missionary movement.

    In our days it is struggle among Christians alone to keep up with their Faith The sins of past hunting churches trough out world .The issue is homosexuality, pedofails among priesthood has added to coolness among the faithful, meaning that the love is cooling of .How many times we have heard in the News that Bible needs to adjust to modern times. Or this ,”Christ needs to adjust to people of modern days”. There is great number reduction of priesthood among Christians and there are lot less” man of the cloth “dedicated to serve Christ .Yet people do not look with respect that much on priest of Christ. .Churches are sold out and you will be surprised some have become furniture shops, café shops .This s occurring now, trough out so called world of today .Priest cannot serve full time among people yet thy need to find another employment to be able to support themselves. Just to add that is nothing wrong with that if a priest works in his trade before became a servant of Christ. Missionary’s facing controversial situation trough out non-Christian world. Thy have been used as shield in war situation, somewhere burned at stake, and some killed for example. Out there the opposition to Christianity is indeed strong. We live peaceful life’s yet anty -Christian cels are brainwashed by enemy called “King of Air”.
    Matthew 10:28 (New International Version)
    28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    • What are some of the most important skills needed for effective ministry?
    Relaying on God Yahweh trough Christ in all avenues of preaching and teaching. Understanding the message of New Testament. Why Christ –the New Adam? .The Difference of the New and Old Testament
    • What is the divine quality that underlies missions?
    Holy Spirit of God YHWH in Christ and Gods word with respect.
    • What are mission strategies?
    To deliver Good News to people to hear the word of God and to know who is Christ so they can be saved as well._ PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS
    • What must the missionary accomplish as part of the aforementioned strategy?
    Plant the seed of God in the heart of people.

  2. sir, most respected I AM REAL THANKFUL FROM BOTTOM OF MY HEART SIR FOR THIS FABALOUS OPPURTNITY FOR A POOR PASTOR FROM A VERY POOR COUNTRY PAKISTAN PLEASE E-MIAL ME LESSONS OF THEOLOGY ITS MY HOBBY NOW TO LEARN THEOLOGY

  3. Thanks sir, I am enjoying the materials. Olaseinde Adebowale

  4. It is nice to see the truth taught, I work at a “Christian” university and at one time it taught the truth but now it is going post modern and giving into the world, they no longer believe the bible to be the word of God.
    Blessings to you.

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