Posted by: michaelhanegan | October 31, 2008

What is Contextual? What is Universal?

Often times in the missional conversation we talk about doing things contextually. One writer suggests that the gospel is like a seed and the beauty of the gospel is that it can be planted in any culture and grow into something that is appropriate for that context.

The question is this:

What is contextual in a missional church? Why?

What are the non-negotiable things that are universal to all communities of faith regardless of context?

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Responses

  1. Non-negotiable dogma:
    One God over all.
    Jesus came back to life.
    Salvation occurs in community.

    Non-negotiable practices:
    Baptism
    Communion

    Non-negotiable attitudes:
    Grace
    Truth
    Honor


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