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In today’s rapidly changing world, it is crucial for the Church to adapt and respond to the evolving context in which it finds itself. The global society we live in is becoming increasingly interconnected, yet at the same time, it is also becoming more diverse and localized. This presents both challenges and opportunities for the proclamation of the Gospel message.

Firstly, we must recognize that the world’s context is changing. With advancements in technology and communication, borders are no longer boundaries. People from different cultures, religions, and backgrounds are now living side by side in what can be described as a GLocal society.

However, amidst these changes, one thing remains constant: the Gospel message. The message of God’s love, grace, and redemption is eternal and transcends time and culture. It is a message that speaks to the deepest longings of the human heart and offers hope and transformation.

As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace contextual mission. This means understanding the unique needs, challenges, and aspirations of the communities we are called to serve. It means being sensitive to cultural nuances and finding creative ways to communicate the Gospel in a way that resonates with people’s lived experiences.

The call to action in contextual mission is multifaceted. It involves engaging in acts of justice and compassion, addressing systemic issues that perpetuate injustice and inequality. It also involves building relationships and fostering dialogue with people of different faiths and worldviews, learning from one another and finding common ground.

Ultimately, contextual mission is about being faithful to the Gospel message while being relevant and responsive to the world in which we live. It is about being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and being willing to step out of our comfort zones to share the love of Christ with those around us.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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