Summary: How to Contextualize Your Preaching and Teaching
How to Contextualize Your Preaching and Teaching
CONTEXTUALIZATION OF PREACHING- Preaching with contextualization requires one to understand his audiences’ world view. Preachers cannot expect people to adopt their world view automatically. Most people move from what they know to what they need to know. Preachers can adjust their messages to adopt the world view of their audiences for a time to help in contextualizing the message. Paul and Peter adapted their message to the world view of their respondents (Acts 2:14-36) and (Acts 17:22-31). Why not us?
D. THE NATURE OF WORLD VIEW
5. How Do You Behave?
4. What Do You Value?
3. What Do You
2. What is True?
1. What is Real?
1). WHAT IS REAL?
If people believe that angry ancestors, witchcraft, or sorcery caused their problems, this indicates the heart of their perspectives. To these people, spiritual causes are at the heart of all of their reality. These folks may accept the benefits of modern medicine, but at the same time they may consult the local juju priest for a special charm to protect them from their enemies. Others may insist on offering a white hen sacrifice to the local sorcerer for the safe delivery of their first baby. All of these indicate that even though they may claim to be Christians, their experiences prove what they are really thinking.
Some people may continue to attend church, but they may also offer sacrifices to the gods of farming to insure a good crop. When we are preaching for real change, we must go right to the heart of people’s views of reality. Unless people are changed from their view of reality, they are not really changed. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, ``Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old things are past away, behold, all things have become new!’’
Preach for a change in commitments, convictions, and perspectives on what is real! Jesus said, ``Do not work for the food which perishes(Money, clothes, food-stuff, cars, houses, material possessions) but for the food which endures to eternal life (Heavenly rewards, Godly characteristics, Souls, etc.)
2). WHAT IS TRUE?
If people really believe that the Bible is true, they will change their minds, wills, and emotions to adhere to its teaching. The trouble with most people is they outwardly confess Jesus Christ as Lord, but in their homes they act as if the husband is the lord. The truth is not just what people say is true, but how they live shows how much of the truth has been incorporated into their life. Truth to one man may be his traditions, his culture, what the elders tell him. The only absolute source of truth is the scripture-God’s Holy Word. Even though many people will agree with the truth of the scriptures, they have yet to fully personalize the truth to their lives as Jesus did. ``The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.’’ (John 1:14) The challenge for a preacher is to get the truth to fill people’s view of their reality. Christ showed no contradiction between His view of truth and reality. This should be the goal for every sermon we preach.