Contextuality in Reformed Europe: The Mission of the Church in the Transformation of European Culture
The scope of this volume is how churches experience themselves and their mission in their context. The discussions in this volume provide ample material to substantiate the claim that the church should not be an ecclesia incurvata in se ipsa, (a church curved into itself) but welcoming and directed not only to personal needs but to social needs as well--but not bound to what people often feel the needs are and delving deeper to the real roots of sin and selfishness, be it personal, social or national. Contextualization in itself is part of the mission of the churches, but it is on the edge: should the church adapt to its context and lose both its identity and witness or should it find a way between the Scylla of easy adaptation to the changing contexts of this world that is passing and the Charybdis of a preservation of forms and identities of bygone times that have lost the freshness of the message of liberation of bondage, conversion and freedom, freedom to be what the church is called to be, a sign of hope, peace, reconciliation, justice and love?
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Legitimate and Suspect?
Mission with a New Face in a Transforming European
Mission or Proselytism? Temptations Tensions and Missiological
Reflections on Part II
National Church? The Reformed Churches in an Ethnic Community
Unity and Diversity
Reformed Reactions to the Modern
Some Reflections on Part III
Individualism and the Sense of Solidarity as Seen from
Freedom as Authorization
Reflections on Part 4
A Comment from GenevaLatin America
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Seite 24 - You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. •" But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 4 ' and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
Seite 19 - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.