Posts in Contextualization
The Growth of the Urban “Teenage” House Church

While all metaphors have limiting factors, especially if they are overused, the teenager metaphor applied to the house church in China seems to work quite well. The metaphor is extremely useful because it helps us better understand not only how the church identifies itself, but it also helps us understand more comprehensively the interaction between the church and societal forces that shape it.

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Interview with a Foshan Prayer Leader – Impossible with Men, Possible with God

I think it is because of God’s passion, rather than our passion for China, that God is transforming China through his gospel and through the death and resurrection of his son… Prayer can effect continual change on our spiritual environment, and the gospel can reach any part of this nation.

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Interview with a Foshan Pastor – A Gospel Vacuum

The gospel shows me the reason: no culture, no king, no institution can save this country. Like economic prosperity, these are all temporary, and they will all pass away. The gospel shows me that we have suffered so because we are a group of people who, out of our fear of death, live our whole lives enslaved by sin. We cannot pull ourselves out of the mire of sin and death. The gospel shows me that only Jesus is the one King with whom God is pleased. He is the one Prophet that proclaims the truth, the one Priest who offered himself up as the sacrifice for sin. He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; he is our hope. 

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Interview with a Ministry Leader – The Lord Is More Gracious to Me than I Am to Myself

The gospel’s biggest impact on me is that it changed how I viewed human existence. The truth is that human existence is not random, and life is not without meaning because God has prepared eternal life for us. I was hopeless about life before I heard the gospel because of my own sinfulness and my separation from God. But through Christ’s redemption, I have been restored and am now truly alive having God’s spirit in me.

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Interview with the Daughter of a Ministry Leader – Whatever Happens Is Part of God’s Plan

I hope to have my grandmother’s perseverance and her attitude toward her work. It is worth my time learning these things from her. As for my mom, I hope that I can have her strong faith in the Lord and her thirst for the Bible. I am not there yet. I want to learn from both of them. 

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Darkness to Light, Part 3: “The Darkness Would be Completely Transformed by God”

Last year I read through Philippians a lot. I want to grow in him in joy. In the past, I thought joy was knowing how to suck it up or to be positive in a hard situation. I wanted to learn that skill.  But after I read through Philippians, God helped me get a little taste of Paul’s joy when he was in prison. It’s not like Paul is positive about it. His heart is completely not there, his heart is on Jesus’s gospel and the Philippians. When he heard the gospel is spreading and the Philippians are growing, that’s where his joy came from. He’s so filled with joy that his surroundings or the situation don’t even matter.

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Interview with a Ministry Leader – We Were Able to Be Honest with Each Other

I often wonder when I will be able to step down. Most churches are led by brothers, and in most cases their family members are all believers. So, I wonder whether I am not building up the church with my example. I think about this every day, but every time I pray about leaving my position, God does not allow me to do it.

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