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					Bridging the gap
Greater Williamsport
Hepburn Baptist -April 2010
        Christianity expanding…
100 A.D.    1 out of every 364
1000 AD     1 out of every 222
1500 AD     1 out of every 69
1900 AD     1 out of every 27
1950 AD     1 out of every 22
1980 AD     1 out of every 11
1995 AD     1 out of every 5
2025 AD     1 out of every ___

   -U.S. Center for World Missions
  Christianity-what it’s doing now
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom


“Christianity should enjoy a
  world-wide boom in the new
  century, but the vast
  majority of believers will be
  neither white or European,
  nor Euro-American…
…According to the respected
 World Christian
 Encyclopedia, some 2 billion
 Christians are alive
 today…The single largest
 block, some 560 million
 people, is still to be found in
 Euro-America. Latin
 America, though, is already
 close behind with 480
 million…
…If we extrapolate these
 figures to the year 2025,
 and assume no great
 gains or losses through
 conversion, then there will
 be around 2.6 billion
 Christians, of whom 633
 million would live in Africa,
 640 million in Latin
 America, and 460 million
 in Asia, Euro-America with
 555 million, would have
 slipped to third…
“By 2050, only about one-
  fifth of the world’s 3 billion
  Christians will be non-
  Hispanic Whites. Soon,
  the phrase “a white
  Christian” may sound like
  a curious oxymoron, as
  mildly surprising as “a
  Swedish Buddhist.” Such
  people can exist, but a
  slight eccentricity is
  implied.”
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson in “Ready or not?”

                  “The stunning shift in the balance
                    of Christian populations from
                    the North to the South further
                    intensifies the picture.
                    Whereas a few decades ago
                    70 percent of all evangelicals
                    were in the “North,” primarily in
                    the United States, today 70
                    percent are in the churches of
                    the Global South.”
…The Catholic Church,
 which is projected to
 lose 20 million
 members in Europe in
 the first quarter of this
 century, will gain 100
 million members in
 Africa, 50 million in
 Asia, and 140 million
 in Latin America…
…At the beginning of the 20th
 century, 81 percent of
 Christians were white. By
 the century’s end, the
 number was 45 percent.”
The Judeo-Christian Church

The Hellenistic/Greek Church



The Roman Church

The Northern European Church



The Western European Church



The North American Church
Baton Race:
  - Individual achievement followed by a
     “cheerleader position.”
  - You run and are done.

Tour de France:
 - Team of six riders with individual strengths
     “championing” one rider.
 - Your individual skills are utilized at different
     segments of the race.
   Peter's Confession of Christ
   13When    Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
    disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14They replied,
    "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah
    or one of the prophets."
    15"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"

    16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,[b] the Son of the living

    God."
    17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not

    revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you
    that you are Peter,[c] and on this rock I will build my church, and the
    gates of Hades[d] will not overcome it.[e] 19I will give you the keys of the
    kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[f] bound in
    heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[g] loosed in heaven."
    20Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
 Jesus Predicts His Death
   21From    that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he
    must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders,
    chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on
    the third day be raised to life. 22Peter took him aside and began to
    rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
    23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a

    stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God,
    but the things of men."
   A worldview is a set of ideas, held
    consciously or unconsciously, which
    influence our actions.
    - family environment
    - geographics (urban, suburban)
    - education
    - faith tradition
    - vocation
    - hidden cultural persuaders
      Hidden Cultural Persuaders

   401-K, IRA account
   In contrast to our western, 20th century
    understanding of retirement:
        - Somalian community in Minneapolis.
             - Children are their “retirement” plan
Hidden Persuaders informing our
         Worldviews
This module will attempt to investigate the
influences placed on our worldview from 21st
     century-western __________ culture
           and__________ culture.


             - Mass culture
           - Church culture
 Newbigin’s “Gospel and Culture Matrix”


  Church + Culture - Gospel =   liberalism

Church + Gospel – Culture = fundamentalism


Gospel + Culture – Church =   individualism
   The extremes to which we can go:

Liberalism
  - concerned with unity
  within the temporal.

Fundamentalism:
  - concerned with right
  and wrong in light of the
  eternal.
Biblical and Historical Models for the Gospel and
                Culture Encounter



   Biblical Encounter:
    The cross-cultural presentation of the gospel.
                Matthew
     The gospel to the Jewish mind.



“This is record of the ancestors of Jesus the
  Messiah, a descendent of King David and
            Abraham.” –Matthew 1:1
                 Mark
    “The gospel for the common person.”




“Here begins the Good News about Jesus the
       Messiah, the Son of God.” Mark 1:1
                            Luke
          “The Gospel for the educated Greek”

   “Most honorable Theophilus, many people have
    written accounts about the events that took place
    among us. They used as their source material the
    reports circulating among us from the early disciples
    and other eyewitnesses of what God has done in
    fulfillment of his promises. Having carefully
    investigated all of these accounts from the beginning, I
    have decided to write a careful summary for you, to
    reassure you of the truth of all you were taught.” Luke 1:1-4
                                   John
     “The gospel to the second-generation church”


   The “gnostic-problem”-
    Believed Jesus was first-born of God but not God himself.


         “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
           God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning
           with God.” John 1:1-2
Dr. Lamin Sanneh
   A north African convert
  from Islam to
  Christianity, undertook
  a comparative study of
  the historical expansion
  of Christianity and
  Islam.
      How Christianity Spreads…
   Christianity is the only
    major world religion
    that is only marginally
    held in the land of its
    origins.

   Christianity is the only
    major world religion
    that is not spread
    primarily in the language
    of its founder.
      How Christianity Spreads…

   Christianity is the only
    major world religion
    which flourishes in the
    common idioms
    (language structure) of
    each culture.

   Christianity is the only
    major world religion
    which willingly adopts
    the host culture’s name
    for God and redefines it
    later.
The Indigenous Principle
  “Church history has always been a battleground
  for two opposing tendencies; and the reason is
  that each of the tendencies has its origins in the
  Gospel itself. On the one hand it is of the
  essence of the Gospel that God accepts us as we
  are [indigenously], on the ground of Christ’s
  work alone, not on the ground of what we have
  become or are trying to become. But, if He
  accepts us “as we are” that implies He does not
  take us as isolated, self-governing units,
  because we are not. We are conditioned by a
  particular time and place, by our family and
  group and society, by “culture” in fact.”
The Pilgrimizing Principle
  “But throughout Church history there has been
  another force in tension with this indigenizing
  principle, and this also is equally of the Gospel.
  Not only does God in Christ take people as they
  are: He takes them in order to transform them
  into what He wants them to be. Along with the
  indigenzing principle which makes his faith a
  place to feel at home, the Christian inherits the
  pilgrim principle, which whispers to him that he
  has no abiding city and warns him that to be
  faithful to Christ will put him out of step with
  his society; for that society never existed, in
  East or West, ancient time or modern, which
  could absorb the word of Christ painlessly into
  its system.”

				
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