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Gospel when he meets the woman
at the well. He used her Samaritan
heritage and the well itself where she
was drawing water as a way to enter
into a Gospel conversation. Every
time we see Jesus use a parable in his
teachings, we understand that He
is contextualizing or adapting his
approach to presenting the Gospel
based upon who the audience was.

However, we need to understand
that He was not changing the truth
to fit his audience, rather, He used
different methods and approaches in
order to best convey unchangeable
truth. We see this same contextualization
or adapting in the ministry of Paul.

Paul says, To the weak became I as
weak, that I might gain the weak: I
am made all things to all men, that
I might by all means save some. And
this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I
might be partaker thereof with you
(1 Corinthians 9:22–23). Paul was
giving the Corinthian believers
some insight into his ministry
methodology and his desire to
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break down man-made barriers to the Gospel. When
he stood at Mars Hill in Athens, Greece, Paul developed
an entire Gospel discourse and approach based upon
what he observed of the Athenians’ character and their
worship, Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill,
and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things
ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld
your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO
THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you (Acts 17:22–23). Paul
was not changing the truth of the Gospel; he merely
adapted his approach to presenting the Gospel to the
people to whom he was ministering at that present time.

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