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Christ and Culture

Jesus on Culture:

1.  The value: respect.

2.  The approach: transformation.

Five common perspectives on Christ and Culture (R. Niebuhr)

  • Christ against Culture (fight)
  • Christ of Culture (conform)
  • Christ above Culture (ignore)
  • Christ and Culture in Paradox (give up)
  • Christ the Transformer of Culture (renew)

3.  The role:  ambassador.

Scripture:

Luke 10:1-9

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

   5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

   8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

 

Sources:

Book Summary, “Christ and Culture” by R. Niebuhr, regenerationayk.wordpress.

Guzik, David, Commentaries on Luke, studylight.org

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