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International Director Preamble As members of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, we joyfully affirm our commitment to the living God and his saving purposes through the Lord Jesus Christ.
For his sake we renew our commitment to the vision and goals of The Lausanne Movement. This means two things: First, we remain committed to the task of bearing worldwide witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching.
The First Lausanne Congress was convened for the task of world evangelization. Among its major gifts to the world Church were: The Second Lausanne Congressin Manilagave birth to more than strategic partnerships in world evangelization, including many that involved co-operation between nations in all parts of the globe.
These documents clearly express core truths of the biblical gospel and apply them to our practical mission in ways that are still relevant and challenging.
We confess that we have not been faithful to commitments made in those documents. But we commend them and stand by them, as we seek to discern how we must express and apply the eternal truth of the gospel in the ever-changing world of our own generation. The realities of change Almost everything about the way we live, think and relate to one another is changing at an accelerating pace.
For good or ill, we feel the impact of globalization, of the digital revolution, and of the changing balance of economic and political power in the world.
Some things we face cause us grief and anxiety — global poverty, war, ethnic conflict, disease, the ecological crisis and climate change. But one great change in our world is a cause for rejoicing — and that is the growth of the global Church of Christ. The fact that the Third Lausanne Congress has taken place in Africa is proof of this.
The composition of our Cape Town Congress reflected this enormous shift in world Christianity in the century since the Edinburgh Missionary Conference in We rejoice in the amazing growth of the Church in Africa, and we rejoice that our African sisters and brothers in Christ hosted this Congress.
At the same time, we could not meet in South Africa without being mindful of the past years of suffering under apartheid. So we give thanks for the progress of the gospel and the sovereign righteousness of God at work in recent history, while wrestling still with the ongoing legacy of evil and injustice.
Such is the double witness and role of the Church in every place. We must respond in Christian mission to the realities of our own generation.
We must also learn from that mixture of wisdom and error, of achievement and failure, that we inherit from previous generations.
We honour and lament the past, and we engage with the future, in the name of the God who holds all history in his hand. Unchanged realities In a world which works to re-invent itself at an ever-accelerated pace, some things remain the same.
These great truths provide the biblical rationale for our missional engagement. Human beings are lost. The underlying human predicament remains as the Bible describes it: The gospel is good news.
The gospel is not a concept that needs fresh ideas, but a story that needs fresh telling. It is the unchanged story of what God has done to save the world, supremely in the historical events of the life, death, resurrection, and reign of Jesus Christ. In Christ there is hope. The mission of God continues to the ends of the earth and to the end of the world.
The day will come when the kingdoms of the world will become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ and God will dwell with his redeemed humanity in the new creation. The passion of our love This Statement is framed in the language of love.
Love is the language of covenant. They call for our love in return. Our love shows itself in trust, obedience and passionate commitment to our covenant Lord.Working Preacher is a ministry brought to you by Luther Seminary. The Working Preacher team believes that God uses good biblical preaching to change lives.
We have enlisted hundreds of friends -- biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians and pastors dedicated to the craft of biblical preaching -- to provide you timely, compelling and trustworthy content. There is much similarity between Revelation 21 and Isaiah There is also much similarity between Revelation (new heavens and new earth) and Isaiah ‑25 (new heavens and new earth), but we must be careful not to confuse them just because they are similar.
Bible Survey - NT - Early Church - Acts of the Apostles rutadeltambor.com Page 2 i. Gospels – are essentially a wonderful combination of narrative including historical, biographical, theological, and prophetic themes and genre.
They’re one of the most important themes in the Bible because they act as the skeletons upon which the entire redemptive story is built. They’re like the backbone of the Bible.
From Genesis on, God enters into one formal relationship after another (i.e., covenants) with various humans in order to rescue his world. Two of the eight covenants of the Bible are conditional: the Edenic Covenant and the Mosaic Covenant.
So for the first time in human experience the rainbow appeared, and God's promise that humanity will not be destroyed by a flood again should come to remembrance every time a rainbow is seen.
D. The Status of the Covenant. Exodus I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, you shall have no other gods before me.