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"The 3D Gospel helps people grasp the complexity of global cultures and its implications for Christian mission." -Judith Lingenfelter (PhD), Professor, Biola University
"I am excited that The 3D Gospel is now available."" -Jackson Wu (PhD), seminary teacher in Asia
"Jayson Georges' book is a must read for all Christians who love people from different cultures." -Florent Varak, pastor in France, professor at Geneva Bible Institute
"Tired of evangelism models that produce legalism, nominalism, and/or syncretism? Jayson Georges' The 3D Gospel can provide some solid solutions." -Tom Steffen (PhD), Professor Emeritus, Biola University
"The 3D Gospel will be helpful for the lay person reaching out to their international neighbor as well as the veteran missionary that has been serving overseas....and anyone in between." -Grant Haynes, Director of Global Frontier Missions
"The 3D Gospel provides the needed "color-correction" to our lenses when presenting the gospel. There simply is no other resource like it. " -David Park, pastor of Open Table Community and host of Next Gener.Asian Church
"The 3D Gospel brings to our awareness the cultures of Scripture and our world. This is a necessary and foundational resource for helping us to realize and avoid cultural blinders that hamper effective cross-cultural ministry." -Rev. Martin Munyao (PhD student), pastor and theology teacher in Kenya
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- File Size : 1403 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Print Length : 82 pages
- Publication Date : October 23, 2014
- Publisher : Timē Press (October 23, 2014)
- ASIN : B00OV4FVMS
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0692338012
- Screen Reader : Supported
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Until I read The 3D Gospel, I did not realize that the gospel could be understood any other way. I would have said, and I would have been very sure that I was right, that this is how God sees it. In the past, exposure to other cultural patterns before I read 3D Gospel led me to believe that other cultures needed to “grow up” and see it our way.
The author of The 3D Gospel makes it very clear that our understanding that the Bible is for everyone is absolutely true. Cultures in which the individual has an overarching responsibility to avoid bringing shame to the family, the local community, or the tribe are known to God, and they are loved. God did not forget them when he inspired the language of the Bible. God also lovingly integrated into Scripture language that resonates with cultures who fear the spirit realm and have developed their communal deportment to manipulate spiritual power. The Bible, in fact, embodies all three of the cultural views of right and wrong that shape cultures around the world. I was already familiar with stories and Bible verses that address the way each form of culture receives the good news about Jesus, but when I heard those words in the past, my mind immediately translated each story and each verse into my own cultural worldview.
The notion that people from the USA feel a need to educate people in other cultures to think the way we think is one of the most reviled images of America. That attitude is at the root of rejection of Americans and American ideas. It is an attitude unbecoming to someone who wants to share Jesus, the light of the world, with people who live in darkness. Many people around the world speak and write English with great skill. For that reason it is easy for us to wrongly believe that we all think alike. We don’t. The 3D Gospel is a good introduction for any person who loves people and wants to tell everyone about Jesus.
Although I have some quibbles with some elements of PSA, I affirm the strong scriptural basis for most of that understanding of the Gospel, but not as the only understanding or the most primary understanding of the Gospel. Several other authors, especially those working in non-Western cultures, have observed that PSA tends to be much less compelling of an understanding in those cultures than other presentations, such as the Satisfaction Theory of St. Anselm or Christus Victor. SOME OF THESE NON-PSA UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE GOSPEL HAVE SURPRISINGLY STRONG SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT, for those of us who take our PSA goggles off and look with greater openness at the scriptural data. This book is an easy, concise way to look at the gospel in its more multi-faceted completeness. It is apparent that the Gospel is more broadly relevant to cultures and human needs than a PSA-proscribed mindset tends to be. I keep thinking, "How did I miss all of these other truths about the Atonement and the Gospel?" I'd been suffering from an eclipse of the Gospel by PSA, despite my decades of studying the Bible!
In the back of my Bible on my page of my notes for presenting the Gospel I have written this reminder: "Jesus is the answer/cure for...
It's true that people have a guilt problem needing forgiveness, even if they might at a point in time be more concerned about their shame or by the seeming meaninglessness of their lives. God cares about bringing solutions to all of these other needs through the Gospel too. He has provided through the gospel much more than forgiveness. All of the various "God-shaped vacuum" needs of unbelievers are rightly used by God to draw precious people to Himself. For believers, we too need the Full Gospel of Jesus Christ to touch every need we have.
Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson, Ph.D. 10/6/2016