Daily Topic for October 03, 2017

1 Corinthians 9:19, NET
Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.

Pray for God to raise up more ambassadors like this who will gladly live like the people they go to in order to win them to the Lord of lords.

Christian Ashrams

by KC

Perhaps Jones’ most important contribution was establishing ashrams, or spiritual retreat centers where Hindus and Christians could discuss religious matters in a non-threatening environment. Like the Hindus who first began ashrams, people came for several days to study in depth their spiritual natures and to come closer to God. Though he established them all over the world, the most important one was in Sat Tal, meaning “seven lakes.” This key ashram was in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
In December of 1971, Jones suffered a stroke at one of his ashrams. This stroke weakened him considerably, but he managed to dictate his last book, The Divine Yes onto a tape recorder before he died a little more than a year later.
Thanks to E. Stanley Jones’ influence, many prominent Hindus have had the chance to really understand the gospel. He went out of his way to learn to use Hindu cultural forms, which he called “indigenization.” Though few have followed his difficult path, Jones showed us good ways to present Jesus to Hindus in a non-threatening, non-Western manner.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that many others will take up the challenge of presenting Christ to caste Hindus in an understandable non-Western way.

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