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‘n Homilie oor geloofsonderskeiding in ‘n akkoord van drie

J. Christo van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1259 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1259 | © 2012 J. Christo van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 2012 | Published: 22 August 2012

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J. Christo van der Merwe, Reformed Theological College, University of Pretoria, South Africa


A homily on discernment of faith in a chord of three. This article reflects on discernment as a key Christian faith practice of the believing community that wants to live according to its vision and mission as articulated in 1 Peter 2:21: To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. This homily is presented as a chord consisting of three notes that entices the readers to contribute their own harmonies – to witness to their own contexts of tension between true and false prophecy, to choose for God’s presence in Jesus Christ and to perservere as followers of Jesus amid the coldness and cruelty of this world. These disciples choose Jesus in spite of the chaos in their own lives and in their world. A similar choice was made by one of the criminals on the cross alongside Jesus (Lk 23:42). The three notes that make up the chord are: discernment on the basis of the Bible with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to distinguish the will of God for the road ahead.


geloofsonderskeiding; Jeremia; Matteus


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