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"The Word ought to be exposed in the words."

Learning with Barth how we might do that afresh today.

Christina Baxter talks about what we can learn about contextualisation from Karl Barth.

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Relevant Gospel: How should we contextualise the message for our 21st century Britain?' It is the second in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative'

.Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Reflect for a few moments on the idea of 'letting God be God'. What do our attitudes and practices reveal about our understanding of God's position and ours?
  2. For which group(s) of people do you need to find a way to effectively communicate the gospel? How can you go about applying the principle of a 'double hermeneutic' to do this? 
  3. Christina speaks of the need for a double dialectic – affirming the people we are with, but standing apart from them. For the communities we find ourselves in, what does it look like to stand alongside people, and in what ways does the gospel need to challenge these communities?
  4. Do we need to do more to ensure that we are studying and interpreting the scriptures in community rather than in isolation? Why is this important and how could we achieve this?