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The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures

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To enhance your ministry among the nations, learn how the Bible speaks to cultures of guilt, shame, and fear. Western theology emphasizes forgiveness of sins, but people in the Majority World seek honor or spiritual power. In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel of God's innocence, honor, and power. Is your gospel 3D?

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Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Timē Press
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, 2018, theology, culture
This book expanded my view of God in 80 little pages. Having grown up and responded to the gospel in the Western culture, I am very familiar with interpreting the gospel through the lens of guilt/innocence. While I know the gospel also addresses fear/power and shame/honor, these are not lenses I often use to view the gospel. This book helped clarify these for me and enlarge my vision of God's work.

I have had experience with Turkish, Azeri, and Chinese cultures, and struggled to understand the w
Rick Dugan
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sin is experienced differently in different cultures. Individualistic cultures often view sin through the lens of guilt/innocence. Those who break the law - sin - are guilty. The guilty are dealt with according to justice or forgiveness.

But collectivist or communicable cultures usually understand the consequences of sin in terms of shame/honor. "People shamed for not fulfilling group expectations must restore their honor before the community."

And yet other cultures experience the consequences of
Tim Casteel
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good, very short, introduction to understanding the gospel through 3 lenses: guilt/innocence, honor/shame, power/fear. For someone (like me) who has very little understanding of honor/shame and power/fear world views, it was a helpful starter book. Probably could have been a long article instead of a book. But gave me some good book suggestions to learn more.
Jen Kelsey
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best kind of book! It helps us understand God, people, culture, and the good news of Jesus in a way that makes the swirling cultural milieu a little easier to comprehend and to engage. Georges scholarship is thoughtful, his vision is revolutionary, and I am eager to see how this thin book changes the way we engage with people and cultures. It is already changing my understanding of my own past and the parts of the New Testament that have always seemed a bit culturally confounding. Hi ...more
Cody Sensenig
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Challenged me to really think outside the box when approaching discipleship with people from alternate cultures. Since I grew up in China it really opened my eyes to the difference between cultures that felt hard to out my finger on.
Sara Dangerfield
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only interesting, it will definitely be a CONSTANT resource.
Elsa K
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice succinct book. Basically, Westerners view the Bible in the narrative of guilt/innocence as that fits with our culture. We talk about God paying our debt, being just, forgiving us etc. Other cultures and parts of the world fit into other worldviews- like guilt/shame and fear. If we aren't aware of these differences, we won't share the Gospel or explain the Bible in a way that will make sense to them. The charts and references are handy to summarize. ...more
Breanna Chov
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great thoughts to consider about ministering in guilt, shame, and fear cultures.
David Marino
This is pretty much a shorter version of his other book "Ministering in Honor and Shame Cultures". While I do believe there is good in these books, I fear people could see Jesus as a means for honor, power, or forgiveness, and not to have fellowship and union with God. In other words The gospel becomes a tool to get something. Which is true, but it is dangerous to only love God for what he can do for us verses simply loving God.

I also do not agree with some of the ministry aspects of the book. H
Ben Moser
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential for anyone in cross-cultural ministry. It has opened my eyes to realities you cannot ignore. This book helps guide you as you share the gospel in cultures significantly different than our own.

It helps us communicate all of God's grace to those with whom we share rather than just some facets. The gospel frees us from guilt, shame and fear. How do we effectively communicate each of those freedoms? Read this book to find out
Tyler Arthur
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent primer on how the Bible speaks to all people and cultures. This book is brief and to the point which I really appreciate. It provides perspective especially for western Christians on how we may view the gospel with our particular cultural background and how there are other dimensions to that same gospel which are valuable for our own sanctification and for missions. I recommend this quick read for all who are interested in the Bible and culture.
Hannah Rodriguez
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-lots of charts and lists outlining the differences between guilt/innocence, shame/honor, and fear/power cultures.
-really helpful for people seeking to understand how to share the gospel cross-culturally.
Jory Bayne
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missiology
This is a great introduction to the topic of understanding/communicating the Gospel through cultural lenses. I highly recommend this book for every Christian who desires to understand and communicate the Gospel more deeply and holistically.
Andy Schmidt
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forgot I'd read this but very good. Gives a great understanding of different cultures around the world and how they may or may not be receptive to the Gospel, and also how to put the good news in terms of their worldview. ...more
Grace Gamache
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jesus-books
Absolutely necessary if you are thinking of going into cross-cultural work or ministry. This book starts our journey of understanding other world views. It gives practical tools on communicating the gospel to each worldview. It also expands our own understanding of the Gospel by allowing us to see it from other lenses. A great starting point!
Hannah Rasmussen
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essential read for any Christian who lives in a culture. We’ve narrowed the gospel to fit a single cultural lens and it’s prevented us from seeing the richness and depth of the freedom and salvation we have in Christ. Get excited about your faith all over again. Especially relevant for people who work with people of a non-Western/ European culture... and I wonder if millennials in the West are noticing this gap too as our culture shifts.
Luke Hillier
A friend sent this to me and, given the short length and noticeably large font of this book, I'll confess my expectations where a little low...but I trusted my friend and am so glad I set aside an afternoon to read through it! In one sense, it's an articulation of three cultural paradigms (Guilt-Innocence, Shame-Honor, and Fear-Power) and the ways that the Gospel speaks uniquely towards each of them. However, given that Georges' intended/expected audience is Western Christians already entrenched ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will probably be one of the books I will most often recommend to people, especially Christians. It is short and insightful. Georges first presents a three-way continuum that is useful for understanding world cultures: innocence/guilt, honor/shame, and power/fear. He then takes this understanding of culture, and then applies it to the way people approach Biblical Christianity. In doing so, he causes the reader to not merely think about how to contextualize the gospel for other cultures, but ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I, or perhaps some external power, have/has been deconstructing my faith for a few years now. It's been a beautiful, difficult, and sanctifying journey. This book helps me to understand that the good news about Jesus is still relevant in the world today.

The gospel of my youth was steeped in guilt, adhered to the doctrine of penal-substitutional atonement, and centered on a western, white reading of the Gospel. As I've separated what is true from toxic theologies, I've started to wonder why the g
Clifford Luebben
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the 3D Gospel Jayson Georges points out there are 3 broad mindsets that all cultures fall into: Guilt/Innocence, Shame/Honor, Fear/Power. Georges explains how the Gospel speaks to all of these mindsets, but in the west we have focused primarily on how the Gospel speaks to the Guilt/Innocence mindset. This understandable since western cultures usually lean towards the Guilt/Innocence mindset; however, this not only results in our own understanding of the Gospel to be truncated, it also impedes ...more
"Sin distorts the human family by causing guilt, shame, and fear. Consequently, the cultures of the world chase after innocence, honor, and power apart from God. But the God of the Bible desires to bless all peoples with the fullness of salvation in Christ. The calling of the Church is to meaningfully introduce the nations to the God who addresses our deepest cultural and spiritual longings."

This book is short and easy to read, laying out simple the three dimensions of the gospel: guilt/innocenc
Jacob Yates
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book rocked. It does a great job of framing how people relate to the gospel differently depending on their culture, particularly guilt, shame, and fear cultures (and how western christians usually assume everybody sees things their way). I've read a few missions books on this topic and i took the perspectives missions class so i wasn't planning on learning too much new, but this little guy surpassed all my expectations

First, it was under 100 pages and got to the point quickly (huge plus). A
Scott Somerville
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This remarkable book expanded my understanding of the Gospel and enhanced my love for the diversity of the Church. Jayson Georges describes three fundamental frameworks for human social organization, which are (a) guilt/innocence, (b) shame/honor, and (c) fear/power.

I am writing this review without the book in front of me, and so may choose terms that are NOT as precise as Georges chose to express his own ideas. Any apparent racism, imperialism, cultural appropriation, or other politically inco
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I really struggle with this book. On the one hand, the framework Georges presents is biblically grounded and I know it can provide helpful context for those who wish to share the gospel more effectively with others. It also helps to see God more fully through different lenses from which we are unaccustomed, and see others with more complexity, and appreciate their struggles and the beauty of their backgrounds and stories. I think these three continua are differences that make a difference not ju ...more
James Enderle
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing, short read, that opens your eyes to the full picture of God's love and grace. Each culture often sees God through their own lense and doesn't see how full God's plan of love, grace and mercy is. Western society is individualistic and based off of a guilt-innocence culture focuses on how God erases or sin and guilt and gives the forgiveness of sins through Jesus. This is true and amazing. But the words of the Bible are also filled with the truths that God takes away our shame and give ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superb primer for those needing to distinguish the cultural variances between guilt, honor and fear based cultures. The work is succinct and provides an accessible look at how these distinctives impact gospel proclamation.

The reader will enjoy the format because it focuses on essential anthropological insights without building a complex narrative. Furthermore, my favorite feature is the comparative analysis that provides much needed texture to the subject matter by interpreting these dominant wo
Nick Paine
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking little book on the way different cultures perceive the good news of Jesus, and how to present the good news in a way that really is good news for them. Although simplistic (it doesn’t claim not to be), this book makes the case that the three main types of cultures in the world (motivated by guilt, shame, and fear) necessitate different methods and nuance to the gospel proclamation.

This book had me thinking about the many assumptions I probably make about reality, the Bible, an
Martijn Vsho
A short and insightful book that looks at how different cultures understand the gospel. We have a tendency to focus on guilt, justification, and forgiveness yet that comes from our individualistic (guilt-based), Western worldview. How do other collectivistic (shame-based) and animistic (fear-based) cultures understand the gospel? This is what Georgers looks at in his book. (P.S. the culture in Bible times was mostly shame and fear based) Not only does he define the three types of cultures, but h ...more
Jeremie Hamby
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many meaningful insights & practical takeaways

The 3D Gospel by Jayson Georges was a great read. Georges references several well-known evangelistic approaches (the four spiritual laws, evangelism explosion) and also some staple apologetics writings (the case for Christ, more than a carpenter). Then Georges invites the readers to go deeper in their approach towards winning the lost in their unique contexts. He provides some great charts and materials to help a missionary, evangelist, pastor or
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very practical missiology. I appreciate the consistent unpacking of the three cultural dimensions, giving concrete examples and suggesting biblical ways to address each.

I found it more useful than most similar books on culture and mission, chiefly because of the simplicity of the approach. And it makes sense without having to drone on about obscure theories with impressive-sounding names.

This little book could be a very helpful pre-field orientation tool. But it is also helpful for one working
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Jayson Georges (MDiv, Talbot) has served crossculturally for over fifteen years in Central Asia, a refugee community in the United States, and now in the Middle East. He is the coauthor of Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures and the author of The 3D Gospel and The Honor-Shame Paraphrase series. Georges has taught about honor-shame and patronage around the world and is the founding editor of honors ...more

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“Removing shame requires more than forgiveness. Shame produces feelings of humiliation, disapproval, and abandonment. Shame means inadequacy of the entire person. While guilt says, “I made a mistake”; shame says, “I am a mistake.” 0 likes
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