Posts in Contextualization
Interview with a Guangzhou Pastor – The Church’s Impact

In my understanding there is no politics but only religion, as politics is also about constructing an authority, a system of worship. In the end it is still carving out an authority comprised of persons; it is still inventing a system of worship, that is all. Therefore, when the church works, serves, and is present in a city, it influences the city most significantly in that it must proclaim the truth. And what defines the truth? The Bible does.

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From Jin Tianming: This Is Also Where I Stand!

As I was reading this declaration of faith, my heart was deeply moved. Honestly, before the Lord, what pastor Wang Yi declared as his stance on the relationship between the church and the state is also where I stand. As for our obedience to God which expresses itself in faithful disobedience, each pastor and church will respond differently according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, particularly in the approach, the extent, and the areas of involvement. Each Christian may have different expressions because of their freedom of conscience. But the one thing to which we must all share and hold fast to is to obey God and witness to Christ.

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Wang Yi's 14 Decisions: In the Face of Persecution, What Will I Do?

I prayed before Christ and after careful consideration, I have determined to resist by peaceful means when the government oversteps the boundary of the secular power God has given – attacking and usurping the spiritual affairs that belong to God and his church. Below are the details of my plan.

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How the Church Should Face Persecution – A Handwritten Letter from Early Rain’s Last Elder

Li Yingqiang (李英强), the last elder of Early Rain Covenant Church to be arrested, wrote this letter to the church just a few hours before being found in his hideout and arrested. In it, he describes the church's plan for facing this persecution in the following days, including where to worship next Sunday.

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The Church-State Conflict: 20 Ways Persecution Is God’s Way to Shepherd Us

Over the weekend, news broke of Pastor Wang Yi’s arrest. This article was originally published on Wang Yi’s personal blog in November 2017 and is a fitting read for the events of the weekend. “What spiritual benefit does the current church-state conflict bring to the church and to Christians? How is this conflict God’s way to shepherd us?”

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Memories of a Chinese Church Planting Retreat and Resulting Practices

After hearing the testimony of church planting, I am no longer worried. I had wanted to build Rome in one day; but now I rely on Christ, facing each day’s hardship one day at a time; to live a day [at a time] and be faithful each day. Daily seeking God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness.

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Interview with a Pastor in Shenzhen – The Gospel of Old

They live like robots with an especially strong life rhythm; they are very busy. Every day they are busy at work; they work overtime and are under a lot of pressure. Usually their family life is a mess, as they either have no time to care about it or are not concerned about it at all. This is why Shenzhen has serious public safety issues with a high crime rate.

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