Israel was intended to be a holy nation, and although God has a special call for the nation of Israel, Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures make it very clear that God’s heart is for all people of the world, not just Israel.
The purpose of intercultural ministry is to reach the many culturally diverse communities of the world. Many of these people don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ; it’s our job to achieve connection through shared experiences and feelings so we can share the love of Christ.
If you’re pursuing intercultural studies, you likely have a deep desire to learn about the culturally diverse communities around the world and connect with them in a way that helps them discover their place in the body of Christ. Many Scriptures throughout the Bible can inspire you as you pursue your intercultural studies ministry. Here are a few that we ﬁnd to be particularly inspiring at Global University:
Inspiring Scriptures for Intercultural Studies Ministry
Psalm 67:1–4: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon the earth.”
John 15:1–27: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Acts 13:47: “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
2 Corinthians 5:18–20: “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”