Incarnational ministries

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Incarnation is where God became human or put on human flesh. John 1:14. For missionaries this is an important teaching also. You need to become one of your people where ever it is that God sends you to serve Him. You must be one of them You must identify with your people.

In order to have an effective cross cultural ministry, missionaries must be students of culture–in other words, the way a particular people organize their world.

Effective missionaries identify with the culture. Through intimate knowledge of the people, missionaries see the world as the people see it, and experience life as they do. We have no better example of this identification than Jesus Christ himself. He left His home in glory to become a vulnerable, dependent, human infant. He knew hunger and thirst, poverty and oppression. He experienced rejection, anger, and loss. He wept. His experience of human nature gave Him a tremendous insight that He manifested in His earthly sojourn and provided a relational platform for a powerful ministry. Hebrews 2:17

The example of Jesus! John 1:14

Notice how Jesus in His incarnation identified with the people He wanted to reach. He became like those He had come to reach but without sin.

Jesus came as a helpless infant. He did not come as a leader, teacher, expert or even as a visitor from a superior or dominate culture. If we desire to reach them we must not come in as the big shot.

Jesus was a learner. He learned the language from His parents. He learned how to play with His peers. He, the very Son of God, was sitting in the temple asking questions.” What a profound lesson for us. Will you be willing to approach your new people as a learner? Will you humble yourself enough to allow them to correct you? Luke 2:46

God Himself studied the language, the culture, and the lifestyles of His people for thirty years before He began His ministry. He knew about their family lives and problems. He stood at their side as a learner and as a coworker. He earned their respect. He identified Himself totally with those to whom He was sent, calling Himself the Son of man. Luke 2:52 Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was completely and legitimately a Jew.

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