Cultural Engagement In Christian Culture

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What is culture and what does it have to do with Christianity? Was Jesus “culturally engaged”? Did Jesus even care about culture at all? Cultural engagement is the acknowledgment of culture outside of our own and actively participating in applying its uniqueness to our lives, or using it as a tool for ministry. As Christians, we must first look at our Leader to understand if we should culturally engage or not, and, in this case, we will see that it is important. In many parables, Jesus used the culture of the Jews to help them understand the Kingdom’s culture. The Kingdom already had a culture of its own, but Jesus could not effectively teach the Jews without first using terms from their culture for them to better understand what He was saying. …show more content…
The organization of the service was exceptional. From the moment we stepped into the building, the welcome was felt. In all honesty, I was surprised by how many times we stood and sat down, but I realized the significance of each time the Body recited what was on the screen and how much reverence they had for the Lord. I personally enjoyed the worship because it was a nice change from the all too typical “Hillsong culture” that is embraced in almost all of my church experiences. The music had a certain soul and passion, and the congregation seemed to agree as well. There was a fire and excitement among each individual, and it was not uncommon for some of these individuals to verbalize their agreement with the pastor or the worship. Personally, that particular sermon on spiritual warfare was a much-needed confirmation from the Lord, as my friends and I had been dealing with some spiritual battles the week before. When it came time for lunch, the genuine care and hospitality that radiated from those who served was unmistakeable. During the listening session, I most definitely gained some new perspective on racism that I wasn’t sure still existed, at least where I was. I should say, I knew it was happening, it was just a different reality when it was actually brought into the light. It’s easy to ignore a problem that doesn’t affect you …show more content…
Music is part of my passion so the new style of worship was refreshing. Along with the topic of music I would have to say that I agreed with the talk about the occultic activity that happens behind the scenes in the music industry. Personally, my testimony is that I came out of the occult that dealt with the music industry and I know some of the things that actually occur behind closed doors along with the power that the enemy has, especially over music. I know this is a controversial subject, but from where I was and how greatly the Lord saved me, I have no doubt about what the pastor was saying during the listening session. Now the difficult part of the whole experience was the routine aspect of the service. I personally enjoy order, but in a way where the Holy Spirit can make the service His and not ours. This may be wrong in some theologians eyes, but I am still learning and as for right now, I want the Holy Spirit to humble the church and bring us to have listening ears for what He wants. This is what brings out my ENFP personality because I like to see the big picture and go by what I feel rather than logic. Balancing the work of the Holy Spirit with organization has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, but that is why ministry is a team effort. In reflection of the experience, my Christian worldview was changed in relation to the importance of organization and the Holy Spirit being

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