“We don’t want to be saved.” The message isn’t new, but its recent echoes in social media bring up questions of how Christians should fulfill the Great Commission.
Christ, Not Culture
Greg Kelley, CEO of World Mission, says negative responses to God’s Word, like those on social media, often come from a distorted view of salvation. “Sometimes people, we, can get in the way when we have other agendas and we’re trying to establish our own kingdoms instead of the kingdom.” Kelley says, “And so I think when other ulterior agendas get in the way, it kind of skews the real message of the Gospel, which is not about you become like me, but you become like Jesus and the freedom that the Gospel brings and it’s through the love of what happened at Calvary.”
Keeping personal agendas out of the Gospel means separating tradition from truth. Whether preaching in the US or to unreached people groups far away, all that’s needed is God’s Word.
“The Gospel is the Gospel.” Kelley states. “It stands alone. It will look a little differently depending on what culture it is in. This is not a hostile takeover. This is all about the presence of God through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit invading someone’s life.”
The message is the same for every culture. However, Kelley emphasizes, the way it is lived out can be different. Understanding that has propelled World Mission to look at Gospel work in a new light.
A Newer Model: National Christian Workers
When strangers from a different culture show up and start telling local people about a new God, there can be confusion about what that God requires. What exactly needs to change?
World Mission believes local believers answer these questions most effectively. National Christians have already asked the hard questions and seen the Holy Spirit at work in their own context. They also can speak without the cultural barriers outsiders face. That effectiveness in ministry is why World Mission focuses reaching the unreached through national partners.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert