God language and Mission


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A lecture on the Background to Bible Translation and Christian mission.

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God language and Mission

  1. 1. God: Communication and Language<br />
  2. 2. What is the most fundamental thing we can say about God?<br />
  3. 3. God is Trinity<br />
  4. 4. "Here the monks gathered every Sunday to hear a sermon from the Abbot, except on Trinity Sunday owning to the difficulty of the subject."<br />
  5. 5. The Biblical Conundrum<br />There is One God<br />The Father, the Son and the Spirit are God<br />The Father is not the Son or the Spirit and the Son is not the Spirit.<br />
  6. 6. The Triune God is Relational<br />
  7. 7. We are made in God’s image<br />
  8. 8. The story<br />
  9. 9. God reaching out to draw people into relationship with himself.<br />Mission!<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. The Bible: A Missional Book<br />It serves God’s missional purpose by revealing himself to people to draw them to him.<br />It is a living history of his mission to humanity.<br />The Bible and mission are two sides of the same coin.<br />
  12. 12. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. <br />John 17:20,21<br />
  13. 13. We are called to share in the Trinitarian relationship!<br />
  14. 14. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.<br />John 20:21<br />
  15. 15. “Those who have come to know the life of God through the missionary activity of the Son are themselves given the privilege for becoming 'co-missionaries' with God.”<br />
  16. 16. Three in One and One in Three.<br />Father, Son and Spirit<br />Variety<br />
  17. 17. The Christian Church delights in Variety!<br />
  18. 18. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. <br />
  19. 19.
  20. 20. Mission<br />Revelation<br />Variety<br />
  21. 21. Mix them together and what do we get?<br />BIBLE TRANSLATION!<br />
  22. 22. We do Bible translation because God is the God He is.<br />
  23. 23.
  24. 24. Christianity seems unique in being the only world religion that is transmitted without the language or originating culture of its founder.<br />Prof. LaminSanneh<br />
  25. 25. Christianity does not belong to any particular race or nation.<br />
  26. 26. Nor does mission work!<br />
  27. 27. It’s all about relationships.<br />