Cross-Cultural Ministry


The concept of Missional Ministry incorporates the idea of “Cross-Cultural Ministry”. Of course the phrase “cross-cultural ministry” is not found directly in the Bible. However, we can definitely see this type ofministry taking place. Beginning with Genesis, we realize the equality God had intended for man. This equality shown throughout Scripture gives us the understanding that no culture is higher than another. When Jesus came into the picture in the New Testament, we see his ministry reflecting a cross-cultural emphasis. Jesus calls us to“make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19) thus moving us into nations beyond our own.

Jesus came into the human culture in order to serve (Philippians 2:6-7). This passage gives us the idea of Incarnational Ministry which can lead us into cross-cultural ministry. By becoming like Christ, we will be open to cross-cultural interaction and ministry. Christ moved out of his culture to talk to the Samaritan woman in John 4. It was not the normal for Jews to associate with Samaritans. But there was Jesus, moving beyond the norm. We also can see this example of Jesus moving from place to place. He didn’t stay in the town he was born, but he moved beyond. His ministry continued throughout different communities.

The book of Acts is another perfect example of cross-cultural ministry being scriptural. In Acts, we see the descending of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:6 tells us that everyone heard in their own language. From this we can see God moving beyond a specific language in order to reach all. The Promise that God made to Abraham shows that His purpose is a global one. God told Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his offspring. God’s promise was issued in the form of a mandate and not a command. God wanted to show Abraham and his family that they were going to be working together to accomplish this purpose. God would do more than Abraham was expected to attempt. God emphasized the outcome rather than the steps needed to get there. God repeated his promise to Abraham and his family five times. This promise is also embedded in the formation of the peopleof God. Repeating the promise helps us to see the importance of God’s purpose. God confirmed his promise through Abraham’s faithfulness.

Abraham knew God could be trusted, and that God is truth. He realized that God had made the promise, and he would keep it. It was up to God to determine how and when he would keep his promise. Through Abraham’s loving obedience, God confirmed His promise.
Abraham and his people were not to be passive spectators. God wanted them to be co-laborers with Him in fulfilling his missionary purpose. God wanted Abraham’s descendants to be a “Blessing”. God’s purpose was for Abraham and his family to play a key role as missionaries, which in turn would bless all the peoples of the earth. God would make Abraham’s seed a blessed nation. He would make Abraham’s name great. If we join God in his mission, we too will be ablessing to others.

When God made a covenant with Israel, he was setting them apart for service. He was calling them to be distinctively different. He wanted them to be a holy people of unique value among the peoples of the world. He also wanted them to be missionaries and share the glories of God with the world. God wants us to share his redemptive life-giving blessing and the supremacy of His kingship. He ultimately wants us to share with the world so that all peoples will be able to singthe praise of God’s blessing and power. God’s purpose is for all nations to glorify Him in global worship. God desires worship from every nation; therefore global evangelization is for God’s glory. God wants everyone to receive His redemptive blessing. God will overcome evil, and in turn bless the nations.

God’s promise to bless Abraham took into account that he would overcome evil, provide a way to deal with Mankind’s rebellion, and provide a way for man to be reconciled to God. The entire Bible gives evidence that God is a missionary God. All throughout Scripture, God blesses those who follow Him so that they might be a blessing to others. Jesus echoes the idea when he gives the Great Commission to the disciples.

Worship and praising God is the fuel as well the goal of missions. The redemptive value of worship energizes our acts of mercy towards others. As nations see the dignity of worshiping God, it becomes the greatest blessing that He can bestow on us. It becomes the most sharable message in the world. God had specific ways He wanted His people to fulfill the missionary mandate. He wanted them to go and tell of His glory to other nations. He also wanted them to live their livesin such a way that other nations would be attracted to God and worship Him. In order to fulfill God’s missionary purpose, we need to join Him where He is working. It should not be a sense of duty, but a passion for those who are lost. We should have such a passion for God’s glory to be revealed that we willing to go to great lengths to share with others. We should have the purist of motives and work together to accomplish the task. We should integrate evangelism and social interaction into every event we plan. Our passion should be like a wild fire that spreads when fanned by the wind of the Holy Spirit.

The Message of the Gospel declares the victory that Jesus had over death, Satan, and sin. They were each defeated by His first coming, and will be destroyed at His final coming. Our mission as Christians is to share the Gospel with the entire world. We make up God’s Kingdom on earth, and we have been given the mission to enlarge the borders by bringing others to a saving knowledge of Him. Prayer is our weapon against Satan, through prayer we can undo Satan’s work in the lives of believers. Prayer will help us to know where God is working, and we can join Him there in Kingdom work.

We need to pray for the lost in a very specific and purposeful way. We need to practice Prayer Evangelism. When we pray for lost people, we open the door for the spirit to move and go before us as we share the gospel. Band of believers need to unite to share the Gospel.
Missionaries are grouped in organizations that will take the gospel to
the entire world. If we are going to share the gospel we will suffer. The world rejected Christ; it only seems natural that it would reject us.

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