“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…”
Today: Show you how to communicate the gospel in a way your friends will understand – you sharing your faith!
The question is not, “Am I a missionary? but “Am I a good or bad missionary”
In Acts, God uses normal, everyday, broken, but redeemed people…
God’s character – Who He is
God’s Will – What He wants
God’s Ways – How He works – CLEAR
In light of His self-disclosure – God says I want you now to take who I Am and what I have said – to other people! – Tell them and show them in a clear way!
1 Corinthians 9:22
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”
Contextualization: WHAT IT DOES
…It attracts people to the gospel
And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
Contextualization: WHAT IT DOES
But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.
Contextualization is not giving people the answers that they want. It’s giving them God’s answers (which they may not want) in forms and language they can understand.Tim Keller
Over-Contextualization: Water down the truth of the gospel to be relevant to the culture. Culture is at the top.
Right Way To Contextualize:
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
How To Explain The Gospel…
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. (darkness and idolatry)
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new…
22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship…
I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything…
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
-Speak about certain aspects of God’s character that they need to hear at the moment.
-Sometimes as simple as Jesus loves you!
28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.”
-Connect with people
-Their background and life is important to you! (race, religion, family, education, culture)
Ask for a response… many people stop short because this seems hard!
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
It’s up to you! You are the missionary…
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