ARTICLE: Using Proverbs in Ministry

Source: International Mission Board

As you interact with people from other cultures, consider how you may be able to use [statements of local] wisdom as a bridge to gospel conversation. Keep these questions in mind:

  • What proverbs do you hear them using?
  • What do these statements reveal about what is valuable and meaningful to them?
  • Are there distinct similarities or differences between their worldview and yours as a follower of Christ?
  • Are there parallels in Scripture to the truths expressed in their proverbs? Or are there statements in Scripture that offer a counterpoint or complement to traditional wisdom?

» Read the rest of the article, 9 Fascinating Proverbs to Help You Understand an African Worldview. Notice the good job the author and publisher did pairing pithy proverbs and short explanations with compelling photos to bring the content to life. Could you use a similar approach in a newsletter or presentation?

» See also Know Your Culture: 6 Keys to Cultural Exegesis (also from IMB).

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