Scripture's Distinctives and Dynamic: Towards an Asia-Pacfic Hermeneutic of Holiness

Scripture's Distinctives and Dynamic

Papers and Reflections from the 2003 Asia-Pacific Regional Theology Conference (October 2003) Korea Nazarene University.

A group of over 35 theological educators and church leaders gathered at Korea Nazarene University on October 7-9, 2003, to explore together a most critical topic. The international makeup of this group, representing over ten countries of the Asia-Pacific Region as well as the U.S.A. and United Kingdom, brought a richness to the discussion of how to make Scripture relevant to the peoples of these lands.

The conscious, driving force of our conference was to progress towards our goal as disciples of Jesus Christ of guiding people into transforming relationship with God. Theological dialogue provides a solid foundation for the evangelistic mission of the church. One of the significant challenges we face today is taking the message of this relationship as described in the Bible and making it relevant and understandable to cultures and contexts far removed from the cultures of the Bible. Our task as theologians is to find the inner reality and transformative message of Scripture and articulate it to our own contexts without altering that message. We must be faithful to both text and context while preserving the message of Scripture as interpreted by our Wesleyan tradition.

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