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What do we do when our cultural values and practices clash with Biblical teachings?

How do we advise new believers?

Freedom to celebrate culture can be found for Christians as they develop Scripturally sound ways to integrate faith and culture in handling conflict and in events such as births, marriages, and deaths.

We practise most of our culture’s customs and rituals without even thinking about them. Some of those customs and rituals, however, give us a feeling of uncertainty, but somehow we do not know how to deal with our doubts.  Our cultural identity sends us in one direction while our Christian identity seems to go in the opposite direction.  What do we do?

Our cultures all have customs and beliefs by which we handle death, birth, marriages, New Year and more.  But how do we know if our culture’s practices honor God, or in any way violate His Word?  How do we dig down to the reasons our cultures have these practices?  How do we deal with our struggles when our communities demand that we abide by the culture’s practices?  Do we lose our cultural identity if we do not participate?  How do we, as a community of believers, support one another in situations like these?  How can church leaders help their members evaluate cultural practices and make godly choices?  How do we who serve cross-culturally understand and help the people we serve?

The CmS workshops are designed to help believers uncover their culture’s assumptions and beliefs, and equip them to make godly choices when cultural practices clash with Scripture.  Participants will learn to explore the root reasons for a culture’s practices and rituals and then search the Scriptures for how God’s Word answers those needs.


Workshops will be conducted at two venues: