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Gospel Mission and Inter-faith Dialogue

Gospel Mission and Inter-faith Dialogue

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Published by Ifechukwu U. Ibeme
The Church is the COMMUNITY of God’s redeemed people CALLED OUT OF THE WORLD and COMMISSIONED for COMMUNION (worship, discipleship and fellowship) IN the world and MISSION (witness and good-works) TO the world. In His final words according to Mat 28:18-20, Christ commissioned the Church to go into all nations to EVANGELISE-BAPTISE-CATECHISE till the end of this age, in order to win and raise DISCIPLES who OBEY Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20).

This missionary WITNESS for Christ involves:
evangelistic PROCLAMATION,
incarnational CONTEXTUALISATION (or INCULTURATION),
coexistence DIALOGUE,
presence APOLOGETICS,
compassionate SERVICE, and
reformative ACTION,

The Church is the COMMUNITY of God’s redeemed people CALLED OUT OF THE WORLD and COMMISSIONED for COMMUNION (worship, discipleship and fellowship) IN the world and MISSION (witness and good-works) TO the world. In His final words according to Mat 28:18-20, Christ commissioned the Church to go into all nations to EVANGELISE-BAPTISE-CATECHISE till the end of this age, in order to win and raise DISCIPLES who OBEY Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20).

This missionary WITNESS for Christ involves:
evangelistic PROCLAMATION,
incarnational CONTEXTUALISATION (or INCULTURATION),
coexistence DIALOGUE,
presence APOLOGETICS,
compassionate SERVICE, and
reformative ACTION,

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Kingdom Mission to the World
By Venerable Dr Ifechukwu U. Ibeme
Comment on The Chapel of Grace Blog:
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6hat the Church oes in holiness an lo'e among the members is her
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<rstly 3V%4G3&I2%TI54 through the 873%C"I4G of Christ!s sa'ing Gospel to theunsa'e to become isciples of Christ?
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thirly C"7I2TI%4I2%TI54 through righteous an responsible %CTI54 as @lightan saltA for ustice an orer in the society.
o eectiel< sustain the 'hurch9s 'ommunion and Mission+ it is necessar<that 3isciplers and Word Ministers of the 'hurch labour to 2#)&#' $) )A!%H# "A!%" b< edif<ing them with the equipment of od9s Word which willenable the saints do the wor- of the ministr< properl< =#ph >:77,7>; 5im 5:5;?:7>,7@.
 The Church is calle an commissione by Christ an empowere with the "oly 2pirit tobear 6IT4322 for Christ an "is sa'ing Gospel to all the nations of the worl (9att=*:)*,=0? 9ark )/:),)*? &uke =:/,-? %ct ):*. This is a elicate an compleE task. This missionary
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 F that all may belie'e that Christ has come as the Di'ine 2on$ to sa'e this sinfully lostan perishing worl so they woul ha'e eternal life an eEperience the refreshing of the "oly 2pirit an liberation of the sons of Go.  Toay$ in a perishing worl reeling uner the manifol an e'er increasing buren of 
lobaliCation+ 2luralism+ Migration+ !nDustice+ !nequalities+ )elatiistic)ationalism+ alueless 2ostmodernism+ iolent 'onEicts+ 2ollution of 'reation+ ender and "eFualit< 'omplications+
e'ery Christian an Church isface with inescapably urgent necessity to be
'hrist,centred
 an
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 intheir Christianity F cree$ wor an ee. Thought systems$ ieas$ opinions$ practicesan cultures seen in the worl toay are proucts of conscious an unconsciousinuences$ persuasions an pressures from combinations of cultural$ philosophical$traitional an treny sources or authorities. Church Denominations (7oman$ Greek$7eforme$ 3'angelical$ 8entecostal$ mainline Churches$ missionary Churches$ ministryChurches$ etcshoul <n unity in
'hrist alone
 an focus on
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 in their persuasion an pursuit to bring Go!s #ingom an o Go!s willin both Church an 2ociety by their:
worship and pra<er+ word and proclamation+ wisdom and presence+ witness and peace+ wal- and purit<+ wor- and piet<.
2omething is missing in the Church about the full "ea'enly #ingom commission of Christians an the Church to the worl.
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 Monastic
 Christianity (%ct =,/ has misconstrue Christianity tobe esigne only for winning an calling out 939B372HC&I34T2H8%T754I2372 anmeeting the nees anemans of the DI2CI8&32 in their;3&&562"I82H;5&&56372"I8 (Denominations an 9inistries. 2o much stuy anskill e'en subterfuge ha'e gone into this.
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 Christianity (%ct )),)* thinks of the Church as#ingom agency for salting the earth only through philanthropy an charity toneey 25U&2 an for lighting the worl only through preaching the Gospel forcon'ersion of sinful 25U&2. (5utreach %gencies. 7easonable stuy an eEperienceis coming on along these lines.
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Missiological
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Christianity (%ct ==,=/ that sees e'ery Christian as a #ingom iplomat an agentsent on the strategic ambassaorial assignment of lighting$ salting an lea'eningthe worl through statesmanly in'ol'ement$ coherent in<ltration an purposefulinuence. 2uch missiological impact must aim towars the reformation ansaturation of the 4%TI542 an 9U&TITUD32 at e'ery le'el of the 25CI3T$ with thekingom best practices$ kingom worl'iew an kingom 'alues of Go!s gooness$lo'ing,kinness an righteousness. This reuires strategic Christian in'ol'ement inthe 9ass 9eia$ the 8rofessions$ the Corporations$ the %caemia$ the %rts$ anamongst the 3ntrepreneurs$ the 8oliticians$ the 2ecurity 5perati'es$ the 5pinion&eaers$ the 9asses$ the 8rinces$ the 9agistrates$ the 8arliamentarians$ the 3Eperts$the 8acesetters$ the Consultants$ etc? but this reuires biblical purposefulness anstrategic cohesion amongst all Christians an Churches. et there is 'ery minimalstuy$ reection an coorination in this irectionJ=
 
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 The task of C54T3KTU%&I2%TI54 or I4CU&TU7%TI54 confronts the Church mostly at thepoint of translating the Bible into a new language or preaching the Gospel in a newculture. 6hat wors shoul be use as eui'alents of the "ebrew an Greek originalsfor Go$ for grace$ for sin$ for Christ$ for "oly 2pirit$ for re'elation$ for repentance$ forfaith$ for resurrection$ for glori<cation$ for atonement$ for propitiation$ for regeneration$for hea'en$ for hell$ for 2atan$ for %ngels$ e.t.c. %re there any appropriate ol culturalwors an conceptsL 2houl ol cultural wors be use with their ol meanings or withnew meanings$ or shoul entirely new wors be coineL 5r oes becoming a Christianmean I become a >ew or a GreekLChrist$ the eternally Di'ine 6or took up esh an was born human (Incarnation towell amongst humanity an re'eal the mysteries of hea'enly truth an grace an thesa'ing Gospel initially to the >ewry of "is ay. Christ traine an commissione the%postles as witnesses to conteEtualise the "ebrew an%ramaic Gospel into the"ellenist culture of the Greco,7oman empire. The %postles i their conteEtualisationby 73V3%&I4G Christ!s 73D398TI54 to the worl while reecting any syncretisticC58I4G from the ID5&%T75U2 bonage$ from the &%2CIVI5U2 passions$ from the7ITU%&I2TIC >uiMers an from the 283CU&%TIV3 Gnostics. The %postolic ;athers anChurch Doctors further conteEtualise the Gospel from Greek to &atin. The 2cholasticsbelie'ing that faith coul be fathome or that re'elation coul be reasone$ trie toacculturate the Gospel to suit the e'ol'ing philosophies an cultures of 3urope of the9ile %ges by copying philosophical ieas from the heathen worl rather thanre'ealing Go!s 6or for the reemption of the worl. But the 7eformers later trie toreform the 2cholastic error by conteEtualising the Gospel albeit polemically as ahea'enly counterculture into the subcultures an languages of 3urope. 9uch of theteachings an practices of the Church toay eri'e from these conteEtualisations o'erthe years$ such that the Christian ;aith is taught in 3uropean conceptual categories. The 6estern worl has also seen heathenish ieological mo'ements that ha'e leftnegati'e or corrupting inuence on the Church: confusing ancontaminatingwholesome 2criptural Christianity espite the attempt at e'angelical reformation in the)/
th
 century. 9issionaries an moern Bible translators ha'e continue to proclaim an inculturatethe Gospel into other ethnic languages an cultures of the worl. In toay!s faste'ol'ing heathen cultures of the globalising worl$ the Church as a whole is againpressure into unbiblical acculturation through commercial marketing an mass meiaoutreaches. Unfortunately$ this so calle @738%C#%GI4GA of the Gospel an theChristian ;aith for commerce$ 'ogue an mass meia is being one by C58I4G"3%T"34I29 ;759 T"3 @23CU&%7A 657&D rather than oing proper biblicalI4CU&TU7%TI54 that 73V3%&2 "3%V34!2 73D398TI54 T5 T"3 657&D. This is aaunting challenge especially for the post,e'angelical or postmoern Church that isagain erailing an i'iing while facing anti,Christian an self,actualiMing postmoernworl. There is no longer much biblical thought on the
true oer of the ospel
 to theheathens nor is there proper unerstaning of the
true demand of the ospel
 on theworl F a case of Church 87%CTIC3 without Biblical 873C38T2 or Church 9I22I54without Biblical 9I22I5&5G. 4o woner$ present repackaging is often one withinno'ati'e styles an eEpensi'e methos that copy the false @gospelA of glamour angrati<cation from the heathen worl rather than re'ealing the true reeeming Gospel tothe worl. 1

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