** “Every culture has a story, a plot, and an answer to these questions:

1) How are things supposed to be?

2) What has gone wrong? What is the main problem with things?

3) What is the solution and can it be realized?

The answers to these questions form the worldview of individuals and thus the cultural ethos. A large part of contextualization involves connecting the answers to these foundational questions to the person and work of Christ.” [1]

** “Contextualization is not giving people what they want. It is giving God’s answers (which they probably do not want) to the questions they are asking and in forms they can comprehend.” [2]

** “If you and your church were to disappear off the face of the earth tomorrow–would anyone in the unbelieving community around you notice you were gone? And if they did even notice–would they say: ‘We are really glad they are gone.’ or ‘Gee we’re going to miss them.’?” [3]

[1] Darrin Patrick from his book: Church Planter
[2] Timothy Keller
[3] Timothy Keller

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