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The Gospel and Cultural Difference

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Date: November 12, 2017

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: Glorifying God in All Things

Scripture: Romans 14:1–14:23

“Christianity revitalized life in Greco-Roman cities by providing new norms and new kinds of social relationships able to cope with many urgent urban problems. To cities filled with the homeless and the impoverished, Christianity offered charity as well as hope. To cities filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity. And to cities faced with epidemics, fires, and earthquakes, Christianity offered effective nursing services.” - Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity 

The Kingdom of God must shape our values and vision 



How the Kingdom shapes how we relate cross-culturally


  • we acknowledge the presence and power of cultural differences
  • we pursue cultural intelligence

"External culture is the conscious part of culture. It is the part that we can see, taste, and hear. It consists of acknowledged beliefs and values. It is explicitly learned and can be easily changed. However, this constitutes only a small part of our culture. The major part is the internal part, which consists of the unconscious beliefs, thought patters, values, and myths that affect everything we do and see. It is implicitly learned and is very hard to change.” - Eric Law, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb

  • we need different perspectives for holistic gospel understand and application 
  • we reveal the transforming beauty of the gospel