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HOPE FOR EUROPE -
Dr Thomas Schirrmacher
"In my opinion, European integration offers immense opportunities for missions, both a gift and a duty given to our genera- tion by the God of history. With His assistance and under his wise Providence, we can take advantage of these opportunities, if we make the right decisions today.“
- Bernhard Knieß
The following study has been composed for
Hope for Europe
, and is intended to serve as the basis of the first consultation of its Theology Commission at the Hope21 Conference in Budapest.
The study investigates the usage of the concept of ‘hope’ in the Old and New Testament and considers the significance of these texts for us today.
The Old Testament uses four verbs and one noun derived from one of their roots to designate the concept we call ‚hope’
Each proposition will be thoroughly discussed from a biblical-theological point of view, and accompanied by an application relevant to our situation.
1 . „Die Chancen der europäischen Integration für die Mission“. Evangelikale Missiologie 16 (2000) 4: pp. 122-133, here p. 122. The article contains recent data and important incentives for Christians in Europe.