Rediscovering joy in costly and radical discipleship in mission

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dc.contributor.author Niemandt, Cornelius Johannes Petrus (Nelus)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-01T08:08:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-01T08:08:36Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-18
dc.description.abstract The research attended to the call by the World Council of Churches in the mission affirmation Together towards life to renew methods of evangelism and to communicate the good news with persuasion, inspiration and conviction, by providing a theological framework for reflection on joy and flourishing life, and its place in mission studies. The link between mission, evangelism and discipleship was developed as a basis to expand the understanding of evangelism as an invitation to personal conversion and discipleship. Discipleship was defined as participating in the Triune God’s life-giving mission and as being on a journey towards flourishing life. It showed that the gospel message of joy, good news and life in fullness serves as a counterculture against the prevailing rhetoric of religious and secular prosperity gospels, consumerism and individualism. It also warned that discipleship in mission is costly and radical. Discipleship is a life of generosity and service, where the true disciple delights in justice, gives generously and cares for the weak. The research concluded with a discussion of practical holistic practices of embodied discipleship – practices that will form habits where disciples will live a flourishing life. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Niemandt, C.J.P., 2016, ‘Rediscovering joy in costly and radical discipleship in mission’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3831. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3831. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3831
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60746
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. en_ZA
dc.subject World Council of Churches (WCC) en_ZA
dc.subject Evangelism en_ZA
dc.subject Flourishing life en_ZA
dc.subject Joy en_ZA
dc.subject Radical discipleship en_ZA
dc.subject Mission study en_ZA
dc.subject Embodied discipleship en_ZA
dc.title Rediscovering joy in costly and radical discipleship in mission en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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