Original Research

How can the Reformation’s focus on faithfulness to Scripture inspire us for mission?

Kirk J. Franklin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4817 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4817 | © 2018 | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 September 2017 | Published: 14 February 2018

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Kirk J. Franklin, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Since the 16th century Protestant Reformation, the issue of divine inspiration and authority of the Bible has stood at the centre of Reformed faith. The question asked then, which is still with us, is whether the Bible is sufficient and complete as a revelation from God? Conflicts that arose during the Reformation still brew today, albeit with different players and contexts. Furthermore, how does the faithfulness to Scripture by reformers, such as William Tyndale and Martin Luther, and pre-Reformer, John Wycliffe, influence the church’s involvement and influence in God’s mission today?


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