In•cultur•ating the Gospel    While you are waiting, write down your:              favorite version of Bible              ...
In•cultur•ating the Gospel
The Lord be with you.                     And also with you. A gift to us…and the greatest expression of Christian cultura...
a gift to you
focus text“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have c...
focus text: Galatians 3:26-28   Gospel promise and cultural delivery      cultural differences in the textconnected to cul...
Look at all cultures to which you belong• Draw a line between any that clash with each  other.• Draw a circle around or st...
Share your definition of culture with another.
SOME ELEMENTS OF CULTURE         clothing        attitudes    sense of the world      sense of time      relationships
live active cultures
cultureconditions that foster life and growth
I. Universality       Jesus is for everyoneParticularity: Jesus is for each one
focus text“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have c...
Which words point to universality?  God’s promise to all in Jesus
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed you...
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed you...
Which words point to particularity?God comes in Jesus to particular people
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed you...
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed you...
Rewrite the focus text with the differences important in your context“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrou...
II. Cultural Intelligencewith help from the Gospel of John            and Romans
What should Christians do      about cultural difference,               “the world” out there?
“Jesus answered,           ‘My kingdom is not from this world.’”                                      John 18:36
What messages are sent with “notw”?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but betransformed by the renewing of your minds, sothat you may discern what is the wi...
Which of these best describes your                 view?1) God’s reality is far above and/or way different  from culture.2...
What is the posture orrelationship of the church youserve toward culture/the world?Is it the same or different fromyour own?
1) God’s reality is far above and/or way different  from culture.2) What God asks is pretty much in line with  what cultur...
III. IncarnationParticipating in God’s Action/  Expecting to meet Christ
Incarnational priority• Not necessary or even possible to become an  expert in the culture of another.• The whole point of...
Incarnation“I will give myself as a sort of Christ, to myneighbor, as Christ has given Himself to me.”                    ...
Incarnation“I will give myself as a sort of Christ, to myneighbor, as Christ has given Himself to me.”                    ...
Key skills        listening       observingexpecting to meet Christ
How is God incarnate            in your congregation?           in your neighborhood?
What is giving you life?Where do you see life flowing from others?
How do we live and worship in ways that   help God deliver the promise?
What new ways will God deliver the promise to us     in the Christ of the neighbor?
“See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up;          do you not perceive it?”                         --Isaiah 43...
Extra materials
generation“‘the Bible seems to say thateverybody in the church at aparticular time make up a‘generation,’ a generation tha...
In Martin Luther’s culture here’show you got people’s attention:
Here’s how you get attention in our age of digital technology:
Luther-themed video game,    iTunes catechism,              downloadable guide                to pastoral care
Bicultural people of God…or tricultural or polycultural
moralistic therapeutic deism• Creator God who watches life on earth• God is not involved except when called upon  to resol...
Is God a divine butler?…and if God is available on demand… what is the job of a youth pastor?
this world and no other               theism             incarnation     transformative discipleship= incarnational transf...
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PD2 Coaches Inculturating the Gospel

  1. 1. In•cultur•ating the Gospel While you are waiting, write down your: favorite version of Bible favorite song/hymn all the cultures to which you belong(hip hop, Minnesota, military, first gen, U.S.American, etc.)
  2. 2. In•cultur•ating the Gospel
  3. 3. The Lord be with you. And also with you. A gift to us…and the greatest expression of Christian cultural intelligence.
  4. 4. a gift to you
  5. 5. focus text“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  6. 6. focus text: Galatians 3:26-28 Gospel promise and cultural delivery cultural differences in the textconnected to cultural differences in our livesIncarnation as participation in God’s action
  7. 7. Look at all cultures to which you belong• Draw a line between any that clash with each other.• Draw a circle around or star those cultures welcome in your congregation.• Draw a line through or X next to cultures not welcome in your congregation.
  8. 8. Share your definition of culture with another.
  9. 9. SOME ELEMENTS OF CULTURE clothing attitudes sense of the world sense of time relationships
  10. 10. live active cultures
  11. 11. cultureconditions that foster life and growth
  12. 12. I. Universality Jesus is for everyoneParticularity: Jesus is for each one
  13. 13. focus text“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  14. 14. Which words point to universality? God’s promise to all in Jesus
  15. 15. “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  16. 16. “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  17. 17. Which words point to particularity?God comes in Jesus to particular people
  18. 18. “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  19. 19. “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is nolonger slave or free, there is no longer maleand female; for all of you are one in ChristJesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  20. 20. Rewrite the focus text with the differences important in your context“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of Godthrough faith. As many of you as were baptizedinto Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is no longer ___ or ___,there is no longer ___ or ___,there is no longer ___ and ___; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” --Galatians 3:26-28
  21. 21. II. Cultural Intelligencewith help from the Gospel of John and Romans
  22. 22. What should Christians do about cultural difference, “the world” out there?
  23. 23. “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world.’” John 18:36
  24. 24. What messages are sent with “notw”?
  25. 25. “Do not be conformed to this world, but betransformed by the renewing of your minds, sothat you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
  26. 26. Which of these best describes your view?1) God’s reality is far above and/or way different from culture.2) What God asks is pretty much in line with what culture recommends.3) God encourages action against cultural norms.4) God calls us to transform our experiences of culture and the ways cultures operate.5) God’s reality neither totally overlaps with culture nor totally contradicts it.
  27. 27. What is the posture orrelationship of the church youserve toward culture/the world?Is it the same or different fromyour own?
  28. 28. 1) God’s reality is far above and/or way different from culture.2) What God asks is pretty much in line with what culture recommends.3) God encourages action against cultural norms.4) God calls us to transform our experiences of culture and the ways cultures operate.5) God’s reality neither totally overlaps with culture nor totally contradicts it.
  29. 29. III. IncarnationParticipating in God’s Action/ Expecting to meet Christ
  30. 30. Incarnational priority• Not necessary or even possible to become an expert in the culture of another.• The whole point of the incarnation is that through God’s choice and initiative God is present to us in flesh.
  31. 31. Incarnation“I will give myself as a sort of Christ, to myneighbor, as Christ has given Himself to me.” –Martin Luther“Jesus is made incarnate today through you andme.” –David Livermore“Participate in God’s action as a community bysharing deeply in one another’s lives.” –Andrew Root“The world is God’s body.” –Sallie MacFague
  32. 32. Incarnation“I will give myself as a sort of Christ, to myneighbor, as Christ has given Himself to me.” –Martin Luther“Jesus is made incarnate today through you andme.” –David Livermore“Participate in God’s action as a community bysharing deeply in one another’s lives.” –Andrew Root“The world is God’s body.” –Sallie MacFague
  33. 33. Key skills listening observingexpecting to meet Christ
  34. 34. How is God incarnate in your congregation? in your neighborhood?
  35. 35. What is giving you life?Where do you see life flowing from others?
  36. 36. How do we live and worship in ways that help God deliver the promise?
  37. 37. What new ways will God deliver the promise to us in the Christ of the neighbor?
  38. 38. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” --Isaiah 43:19
  39. 39. Extra materials
  40. 40. generation“‘the Bible seems to say thateverybody in the church at aparticular time make up a‘generation,’ a generation that isworking together in their time toparticipate in God’s work’” --Chris in You Lost Me, David Kinnaman
  41. 41. In Martin Luther’s culture here’show you got people’s attention:
  42. 42. Here’s how you get attention in our age of digital technology:
  43. 43. Luther-themed video game, iTunes catechism, downloadable guide to pastoral care
  44. 44. Bicultural people of God…or tricultural or polycultural
  45. 45. moralistic therapeutic deism• Creator God who watches life on earth• God is not involved except when called upon to resolve a problem• God wants people to be good, nice, and fair• The central goal of of life is to be happy and feel good about oneself• Good people go to heaven when they die
  46. 46. Is God a divine butler?…and if God is available on demand… what is the job of a youth pastor?
  47. 47. this world and no other theism incarnation transformative discipleship= incarnational transformative theism

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