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Engages multicultural issues and religious pluralism in the context of globalization.Understands the inclusive character of the Christian gospel10. This practice is necessary becauseeveryone now lives in an increasingly global, multi-cultural, and religiously plural world. Jesuscommands us to proclaim the gospel among all the nations, and thus among people of all culturesand languages. According to John’s Gospel, God sent God ’s Son out of love for the world, “notto condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17). Jesussends his disciples into the world in the same way as the Father has sent him (John 20:21). As8Sherwood, G. Lingenfelter, “Leading Cross-Culturally”,Covenant Relationships for Effective ChristianLeadership, Baker Academic 2008, 155.9Livermore,29.10Priebe, Duane A,“Engagement with Cross-Cultural and Global Dimensions”,Currents in Theologyand Mission, 367.6
believers in order to bear effective witness to God ’s love in Christ, it is important that believersvalue what is true in people’s cultures, enter their world, and engage their contexts withsensitivity. They need to listen and learn from them and creatively interpret the gospel in a waythat speaks to their dreams, struggles, and deepest longings.The need for understanding of the CQ capabilities is imperative to the message of thegospel cross-culturally. As Paul Raabe argued, “A very basic and weighty question forces itselfupon the church in its missionary efforts: How to present the Gospel to people of differentcultures and languages11? “In short, the task of cross-cultural communication is more a matter of translating andexplaining the biblical Gospel than it is of creating and inventing totally new, culturally specific"Gospel" languages. Because the biblical Gospel still speaks to all people, we can rejoice in theway it was originally articulated by God through the ancient biblical writers with language thatwas "incarnated" in specific places and times.Based upon this learning experience acquiring, my personal involvement in the church isto empower, and challenge other leaders and believers to be cross-culturally competent, tobroaden their horizon, to learn new skills and technique of CQ capabilities, and in general to bemore sensitive to people of different cultural backgrounds. This strategy has begun to implementin my own church in different group settings, because it is a necessity to help proclaim themessage of the gospel in our own community and around the world. The community of faith willreap the benefit through the engagement of the people to a common cause, through their devotion11Paul R. Raabe,“Cross-Cultural Communication and Biblical Language”, Missio Apostolica, 79.

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