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Perseverance through suffering: A spirituality for mission

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dc.contributor.author Van Der Merwe D. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-01T16:31:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-01T16:31:34Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en
dc.identifier.citation Missionalia en
dc.identifier.citation 33 en
dc.identifier.citation 2 en
dc.identifier.issn 2569507 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/7369
dc.description.abstract The suffering of Christian believers on account of hostility, disparagement or persecution, especially due to their faith in and confession of Christ, is a global phenomenon and the 20 th century has seen more Christian martyrs than any previous century. This was anticipated by the two most prominent figures in the New Testament, Jesus and Paul, e.g. in 2 Timothy 3:12: '... all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.' Hebrews 11:39-12:3 deals with this difficulty by exhorting Christian believers not to quit their faith in Christ during such times, but rather to persevere in their faith. In these verses the author motivates why and explains the how. God has provided 'perfection' for those who 'persevere' in their faith. In order to accomplish this successfully the author exhorts in a negative sense to lay aside any obstacles that can languish their faith in and confession of Christ and in a positive sense to run this race (a metaphoric description of the Christian life) with perseverance. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Perseverance through suffering: A spirituality for mission en
dc.type Conference Paper en


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