cultural callings
                     The church “must equip its
                     members for active and
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Cultural Callings Newbigin1

  1. 1. cultural callings The church “must equip its members for active and informed participation in the public life of society in such a way that the Christian faith shapes that participation” (Newbigin Truth to Tell) key questions: How does this make you feel? Do you agree with Newbigin - why or why not? What could you do to respond to the call (assuming you agree with it!) How can we find God’s creational intent for the different areas of life? What tools/ resources would you need to do it? What could we do as church to facilitate this? Bishop Lesslie Newbigin's understanding of mission Mission: all of life bears witness to the It is: will only be by movements that begin gospel. Jn 20:21 with the local congregation in which • Living out God's creational the reality of the new creation is God's people are a sent people - we intent for those areas of present, known, and experienced, and can distinguish certain aspects creational life from which men and women will go It's the primary witness, but it is the into every sector of public life to claim • Evangelism as words most neglected. It is also one of the it for Christ, to unmask the illusions • Deeds, mercy and justice hardest things to put into effect. which have remained hidden and to • Missions expose all areas of public life to the • Various callings in culture illumination of the gospel. But that The latter he saw as the primary will only happen as and when local witness. congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and It's not (just) If the gospel is to challenge the public recognize that they exist for the sake of life of our society, if Christians are to those who are not members, as sign, • Evangelism at work occupy the “high ground” which they instrument, and foretaste of God’s • Personal ethics - don't steal vacated in the noon time of redeeming grace for the whole life of rubber bands; don't cheat on “modernity,” it will not be by forming society. taxes; don't commit adultery a Christian political party, or by The Gospel in a Pluralist Society with your secretary etc. aggressive propaganda campaigns. ... It ". . . a farmer who farms his land but neglects to say his prayers will be Newbigin 1952 “The certainly condemned by Christians as failing in his duty. But a farmer Christian Layman in the who says his prayers, and allows weeds, bad drainage, or soil erosion to world and in the Church”  spoil his land, is failing in his primary duty as a churchman. His primary ministry in the total life of the body of Christ is to care rightly for the land entrusted to him. If he fails there, he fails in his primary Christian task"