Week 3: Introduction to Culture Specific Evangelism (part 3) September 27-October 3

Questions

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    "What would Jesus look like as a Japanese in 2021?"

    Brandalyn

    From our call today, we were talking about believers participating or not participating in cultural/traditional events (including those with religious roots – matsuri, Buddhist funerals etc.) and how their participation or restraint is perceived: kind/loving/God-honoring? self-centered/disrespectful/isolationist?

    Would Jesus, if he were in a Japanese family today do, say or act in a way that most of the Japanese around him would perceive as disrespectful? It seems from the accounts in scripture that his brothers didn’t recognize him as the Messiah until after his resurrection. It isn’t explicit about what his parents thought/believed…. but we do get indicators in scripture that Jesus humbled himself and was obedient to his parents.

    So what would Jesus as a Japanese look like in 2021?
    What would he sound like?
    How would he act?
    Where would you find him?
    Where would you not find him?
    Who would he be aligning with and who would he be ticking off?

    It would be interesting to discuss with other Japanese believers what the Japanese Jesus profile would look like.

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    Balancing Foreign Jesus/God and "my JesusGod"

    Brandalyn

    At the end of the call Don brought up a deep question “How do we balance the truth that Jesus was and is a foreigner, but that He is also our God and not someone other foreign people’s God?

    I don’t know all the depth that Don had intended in his question, but here are a few things that come to mind:
    -Jesus was misunderstood (a misfit)
    -Jesus upset the religious people
    -He was rejected by those who knew him from his home town
    -Jesus was an outsider and in many ways an outcast
    -Jesus wasn’t predominantly a popular public figure (he didn’t seem to represent the best and brightest of Judean society – he wasn’t their Tom Cruze)
    -Jesus was from the little nowhere town of Nazareth from which “nothing good comes”
    -…

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    RJC Academy Facebook Page

    Brandalyn

    I don’t know that we announced it in our first call, but we have an RJC Academy Facebook page to facilitate more dialogue and interactions with past, current and prospective students. Feel free to visit and post thoughts, questions, exciting bits you have learned etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/academyrjc

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    How can we better represent Jesus not as a Western God, but a God who created and loves all of His created cultures?

    LeAnne_Gross

    Each of these videos and articles had me in tears over the beauty of so many people of different culture backgrounds worshiping and loving God in their culture context. Growing up in church, culture was seen as a bad thing because of certain moral standings. I have realized that I have mentally grouped people group culture into the enemy’s culture. With were I live, you usually see caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic churches that fit their culture context but nothing for those from Asia. I am wondering how to do culture-specific ministry and evangelism well, especially to those who are in the minority.