We each have a sphere of influence where the joy of our worship and transforming fellowship with God overflows into those we are in contact with on a daily basis, our community, and the world. Our lives and words bear witness to the riches of grace and mercy God has given us, and we invite others to share in the abundance of life in Christ.
And the transforming fellowship overflows into our world as we share the remarkable love of Jesus Christ with those in our own culture, and those outside our culture. With the globalization of our world and the unique multi-cultural growth of major international urban centers like Dallas, the languages and cultures of the world are dwelling side by side. No longer can the church’s outreach be simply categorized as local and global. With this in mind, our outreach commitments are categorized around culture and language.
Consider Jesus’ commission for the spread of the kingdom from Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
The disciples were to preach and live the life of Jesus first to their own people, sharing the same language and culture. Then to the Samaritans, who shared the same language yet in a very different culture. And then to the ends of the earth, to those from other cultures and languages. This is how are cultural partnerships are organized:
Cultural Partners – Partnerships within our culture and language but not limited to location.