Missions Should Be A Fundamental Priority

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Contextualization in missions should be a fundamental priority in missions but is often times viewed as a sometimes controversial, relative methodology instead. However, contextualization is the framework by which the church’s role as the great missionary agent and participant in the Missio Dei of God by charge of what has been dubbed, The Great Commission and found in Matthew 28:18-20 “Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this,…show more content…
And they are often unaware of their culture and how it colors what they see.” Now that culture has a definition and there is a set understanding that how we see the world is through a cultural context, it is only fair to say that how we see the gospel is through a cultural context. This truth becomes a problem for many because of cultural differences.
Cultural differences does not negate church unity. In fact cultural diversity in the unity of Christian faith reflects the beauty, the creativity, and the glory of God. Acts 17:26 tells us “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us”. This Scripture itself informs us that God is all about diversity and bringing diversity to Him. Revelation 7:9 says “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands”. It can and should be said that God isn’t bothered or limited by cultural diversity. If Christianity is uniform in doctrine, it will be uniform in practice, but that doesn’t mean it has to be uniform in expression- because expression
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