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Part 3: Religious Profile

Unit: Understanding Your Community
Category: Working with Jesus

When we conduct public evangelism we use a certain translation of the Bible; we use certain types of music and other approaches that reveal a number of unstated assumptions about the people in the community. These are assumptions about what people already know about religion before they step into the first meeting. For example, it is assumed that people know that there are “books” in the Bible and that they know the names of at least some of the books and approximately what order they are in. It is assumed that people have heard and understand certain kinds of religious music. It is assumed that people know not to answer when the preacher asks a rhetorical question or stand up and interrupt the sermon when they have a question. I could list many more of these assumptions. All together they make a package or cultural framework which is related to a certain religious background.

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