Gospel and Our Culture Network. In their planting missional churches pdf, missional activities stemming from God.
The Triune God is the primary acting agent in the world and within the church. The Church is sent into the world to continue that which he came to do, in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God. Since I’m not called to be a missionary, I do not have to evangelize my friends and neighbors. There is no difference, in spiritual terms, between a missionary witnessing in his home town and a missionary witnessing in Katmandu, Nepal. We are all called to go—even if it is only to the next room, or the next block.
Jesus in the world by incarnating the gospel. It is imperative that Christians be like Jesus, by living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and his gospel as Jesus was in his own time and place. This embodiment of the gospel is often referred to as “contextualization” or “inculturation. Both refer to more than a simple translation of the gospel into different languages and cultures in the way that one translates a history book or a science text. Rather, they point to the embodiment of the living Word in human culture and social settings in such a way that its divine nature and power are not lost. True contextualization is more than communication.
It is God working in the hearts of people, making them new and forming them into a new community. It is his Word transforming their lives, their societies, their cultures. Jesus sent His disciples on a mission. The missional church defines itself in terms of its mission—being sent ones who take the gospel to and incarnate the gospel within a specific culture. Jesus was the first apostle. He was sent by his Father. He, in turn, sent the Twelve.
They went to people who would then take the gospel to the rest of the world. Whoever received it would understand that they, too, had been sent. With the gospel being what it is, the church as bearer of the gospel is bound to be apostolic. He accomplished salvation through the cross.