I have never heard the gospel this way before. My people will understand.
Anonymous Training Partner
Honor, Shame, and the Gospel
Time and again, we hear from pastors and international leaders that our training connects to their culture in a way they have never experienced. Historically, the gospel has mostly been spread throughout the world by Western missionaries. A gospel message that is true has been presented, but it feels like the religion of another people.
When leaders learn to understand the Bible in terms of honor and shame, they present the gospel in ways that connect to all aspects of their community’s lives. Our partners are transforming communities with Christ at the center of their work because the gospel no longer feels like someone else’s story.
Resources from our staff
Not all cultures view the Gospel in the same way. The Global Gospel describes how the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many Majority World societies can be used to contextualize the gospel so it will be more widely received.
Jackson Wu argues that some traditional East Asian cultural values are closer to those of the first-century biblical world than Western cultural values, which can have a profound impact on how we communicate the gospel.
This pocket-size booklet tells the Good News of Jesus Christ through what is commonly known as “The Story of the Prodigal Son.” With this booklet, you can easily help people find hope, salvation, and honor in following Jesus Christ. It is also available for purchase in Spanish and Arabic.
In One Gospel for All Nations, Jackson Wu demonstrates a gospel pattern that is both firm and flexible. He makes the case that we need not choose between the Bible and culture; proper interpretation can be applied anywhere.
Operation WorldView introduces the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic aspects of world missions. It’s perfect for small groups, church-wide studies, Sunday School classes, Christian schools, and home-schoolers.
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