The theme will be introduced and developed in three short lectures. In a panel discussion we take further steps and explore what we may welcome as practical implications and fruits for the ministry of the church in the near future.
1 | God, man and the reality of joy
The Christian church confesses that God is Three-in-One. This deep theological notion has great implications for the way He deals with us, and the way we deal with one another. How can the reality of joy in God himself enter a world that suffers from brokenness in relationships?
2 | Dealing with the absence of God
Can there be real joy without God in this world? We suffer from the ‘absence of God’ in an abundant world, where happiness and satisfaction seem to be up for grabs. Still the absence of joy is widely observed in the secular press and in recent films. If the way the church manifests itself today appears to be insufficient, how shall the reality of God’s love and joy reach this generation?
3 | Implications for Christian ministry
Do we need new expressions of Christian ministry to make the Gospel clear in today’s context? Serving in Christ’s name and in Christ’s way cannot but break trough usual patterns: from concern to compassion, from calculation to improvisation… where can we find the places to experience the impact of the gospel and expect its fruits multiplied?