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Ministry in Contemporary Society, Lesson 001

Christian Ministry, Free Course, Lesson 001

Ministry in Contemporary Society

Missions is a modern term used to convey the idea of spreading Christianity but more specifically mission describes the effort to effect passage over the boundary between faith in Jesus Christ and its absence. Mission calls for a personal faith commitment, which grows out of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  It begins with God’s mission; what God wants accomplished.  It embraces the different dimensions of church life; faith-building, proclamation, worship, compassion, encouragement, and holiness. 

Individual ministries belonging to missions will be shaped through human relationships, personal gifts, need, and occasion.  One who engages in ministry may be a servant, a teacher of Scripture, an equipper, and a delegator.  The nature and function of the church define missions.  In turn, the scope of missions shapes what tasks a missionary undertakes and how they will accomplish these tasks.  Any adaptations of the gospel to modern society must be in keeping with the principles of the gospel and teachings of the New Testament.

From the time of the apostles, Christians have struggled with the relationship of the gospel to culture.  The Old Testament is filled with examples of how the people of Israel adapted to the culture and were, in turn, taken over by the culture.  They accepted the gods of their neighbors and thought like their neighbors.  Through the prophets, God continually called them back to covenant loyalty.  From time to time, God sent afflictions to induce them to consider the fruits of their faithlessness.  Eventually, he executed judgment upon his covenant people by allowing Israel and Judah to fall into the hands of conquerors.

Perhaps church history and missions history should be reviewed in a similar light.  We can surmise that God keeps calling his church to covenant loyalty.  But the larger questions remain: At what points does the presentation of the gospel assail the culture?  At what points does it accommodate itself to the culture?  A related issue pertains to cooperation with other Christian communities.  The gospel does not obligate us to full cooperation with all groups that call themselves Christian, especially where their theology is out of harmony with that of the Bible.

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  1. Hi Doctor, this site dosen’t application where one can apply for the diploma. If you don’t mind, could you please get back to me so that I can know what to do. Thank you.

  2. min.norman says:

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  4. Thank you Dr.Philip for the words you have shared with us.You know ,here have to add this statement from your writing because it is told in such clarified wording that those who are willing ,thy can indeed understand.
    “The Old Testament is filled with examples of how the people of Israel adapted to the culture and were, in turn, taken over by the culture. ”
    It is clear as a day.

    God Bless

  5. Myriam says:

    Shalom Sir,
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  6. At what points does it accommodate itself to the culture? was asked when you believe in the spirit or the being in your heart and mind… what ever being it may be to you and your religion… thats when it accommodates you and your culture.

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  9. The church is Christ.We go to the church to honor Him.
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  10. Tanya Williams says:

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  11. Vernon Rose says:

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  12. I am currently an online outreach minister, I have been an active Kiwanis Club Member for a couple of years now and have made distinguished club secretary 2 times ( I have been the sec. my whole tenure). I agree that we must strongly consider the point at which we draw the line of what is theologically acceptable as far as society is concerned.
    It is my Biblical understanding however that although we are to be understanding and patient even longsuffering in many ways we are to never sacrifice what the Truth is or even waver from our position.
    I have conceded not to “argue” by putting it this way “we will agree to disagree” and let the arguing party walk away. I am hoping through reading and rereading any previously studied materials I will glean a better understanding of my own human condition as well as a better understanding of how to not wrangle with the wrangler but lead them to the Waters of Life ‘as it twer’.
    I wish to earn the degrees but have recieved no email reply yet. I am going to be devoting as much of my time as it takes as this has been a lifelong devotional commitment for me.

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  16. Dr.Michael Adolphus Marc Anthony Iles says:

    The Lord Jesus Christ entered this misguided world to show us the way back. Firstly through the personal example demonstrated by obedience, secondly through Apostleship,thirdly through Descipleship,fourthly by commitment and finally by being a visionary. Showing the way back should mean for us returning to what has been divinly pre-established and decreed with the objective to examine and analyse critically (theological and spiritual)the nature of the foundation on which we edify the Christian Ministry. We,as ministers, must answer the question…”are we preparing convicted desciples for Christ Jesus, individuals of the Faith?…or are we promoting an atmosphere of collective dependency sealed by denominational dogma and rhetoric?…. We must be sure whether we are preparing vergin-servants who “lovingly await the Bridegroom’s return” or vergin-servante who, religeously “just await the return of the Bridegroom”. Blessed is he whose master finds him actively involved in the task given beforehand. Are we going forward or are we returning? In returning we will be going forward.

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  24. Rev. Katherine Appello says:

    I am a minister who is being guided to create an online educational and prayer ministry for teens and young adults, but also to study more in depth prior to doing so. I wish to pursue a degree with Trinity in Theology. I already signed up to receive emails and am already a contributing writer on Faithwriters. How do I apply for a Theology Degree?

  25. Lindsey Nicole Conkle says:

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  26. JSTAN says:

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  27. Alley says:

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    God Bless

    Alley Williams

    • Kochi_Admin_2013 says:

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  28. Susan C Tikalsky says:

    Dear Sir:
    I am with the school in prayer. Thank you for your evangelism. May God bless all of your missions in a sometime hostile response. Some of the flock here is of the battle not yours but Gods. The church is moving in to help. I appreciate your training in missions, your generosity.

  29. Susan C Tikalsky says:

    Dear Sir:

    I am with the school in prayer. Thank you for your evangelism. May God bless all of your missions in a sometime hostile response. Some of the flock here is of the battle not yours but Gods. The church is moving in to help. I appreciate your training in missions, your generosity.

  30. Samuel says:

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