Culture: Living in the Places of God by Scott Nelson

By Scott Nelson

The undertaking of God has a church. So the church has to be in sync with the challenge of God. this can be the guiding philosophy of the Forge Missions education community, which has helped church leaders and laypeople alike worldwide to arrive their friends, their neighborhoods and their groups with the gospel. In those publications you and your pals might be outfitted to be missionaries the place you are—which is why God has a church within the first position. In Culture: dwelling within the areas of God you and your mates will concentration your recognition at the context during which God has put you. simply because the church within the publication of Acts realized to consistently ask, "What form of humans will we must be, and what kind of message can we have to converse, that allows you to faithfully live to tell the tale undertaking the place we discover ourselves?" you will the right way to be in and for where God has you. different volumes within the Forge publications for Missional dialog: Community: dwelling because the humans of GodMission: residing for the needs of GodPower: dwelling by way of the Spirit of GodVision: dwelling less than the guarantees of God

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Mt 5:14-16). Based on this passage, what do you think it means for the church to be the light of the world? How does this describe the relationship the church is to have to cultures and contexts? Break into pairs to discuss one of the following passages and report back to the whole group how one of the following texts describes the people of God as light in the world: Isaiah 58; Isaiah 60; Acts 13:44-52; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 5:1-21.

Theological Reflection: The God Who Makes Himself Known Throughout the Earth The book of Acts could be a case study for how the gospel and the church encounter new contexts and new cultures. indd 40 7/25/13 2:01 PM Living as Translators 41 counter the gospel was proclaimed in a nuanced way and the church reviewed and at times modified its practices. We see both the gospel and the church contextualized in the book of Acts, meaning that the earliest Christians realized that the good news of Jesus Christ and the believers who followed him might look different in every context, yet remain fundamentally united in Christ.

T]he task of the local church in our present situa­tion is to reenter our neighborhoods, to dwell with and to listen to the narratives and stories of the people. In what ways do the actions of accompaniment, solidarity, mutuality and dialogue reflect who God is and how God comes to us in Jesus? Based on today’s conversation and readings, what can we know about who God is and what God does? How does this influence the way we relate to God and join with him in what he is doing? Missionary Imagination: Narrators Who Practice Proximity Consider the following quote from Graham Ward about the role theology plays in cultural transformation: In a sense what theology then aspires to facilitate .

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