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Making Sense of Culture. Changing. Making Sense of Culture. 1 Understanding Culture: The Starting Point. *How God created each person Gen. 1:26-27; Eccl. 3:11; Rom. 2:15 *How God designed mankind Acts 17:24-28. 1 Understanding Culture: The Starting Point.

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1 understanding culture the starting point
1Understanding Culture: The Starting Point

*How God created each person

Gen. 1:26-27; Eccl. 3:11; Rom. 2:15

*How God designed mankind

Acts 17:24-28

1 understanding culture the starting point6
1Understanding Culture: The Starting Point
  • God created everything and everyone
  • All humans have the same ‘father’
  • God determines when and where we live
  • God’s purpose in His design is that people would seek and hopefully find Him
2 what is culture
2What is Culture?
  • Artifacts, institutions and conventions by which people define, sustain and enrich their lives
  • Our non-biological heritage
  • A group’s attempt to provide meaning and structure to living
  • The social “soup” we swim in
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Local Culture

Family Relationships

Courtship * Authority * Time Social Structure * Commerce

Manners * Work

Obvious Culture

Clothing * Language * Food Celebrations * Stories * Music Art

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Foundational Culture

(worldview)

God * Death * Purpose Morality * Nature * History

Cosmology

2 what is culture11
2What is Culture?

Obvious

Culture

Local Culture

Foundation Culture

(Worldview)

3 why cultures change
3Why Cultures Change
  • Time
  • Internal Reasons
    • Poverty, prosperity, war
    • Social/spiritual transformation
  • External Reasons
    • Collision with other cultures/ideas
4 the christian perspective
4The Christian Perspective
  • Christ and Culture (Relationship)
    • Christ Transcends Culture
    • Christ Trumps Culture
    • Christ Transforms Culture
  • Christ and Culture (History)
    • Missions (Acts 14:8-20; 15:1-35)
    • Bible translation
4 the christian perspective15
4The Christian Perspective
  • Christ-centered Education
    • “. . . must emphasize the cost of discipleship, the absolute claim of God over our entire life, the necessity of a faith that issues forth in obedience, and our belonging to an alternative culture shaped by the kingdom of Jesus.”
5 the christian response
5The Christian Response
  • Appreciate/Discern your own culture
  • Appreciate/Discern other cultures
  • God’s Purpose -> My Purpose
        • Common Grace
        • Saving Grace
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