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Title: Worship and Witness
Subtitle: Some New Variations on an Old Theme
Author(s): VAN BEECK, Frans Jozef
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 27    Issue: 2   Date: summer 2002   
Pages: 119-131
DOI: 10.2143/LS.27.2.931

Abstract :
God-given confidence in speech (παρρησία) characterizes the Christian community’s worship as well as its witness. In the person of the risen Christ, and in the act of proclaiming the account of his life, death and resurrection, the community has confident access to the living God; in recognizing God’s effective presence in this way, it worships God the way God is worthy of being worshiped. This frees the community for witness that is equally confident. The kerygmatic proclamation of the Christian narrative is also characterized by God-given parrhesia. Confidence marks the Christian commitment, both to kerygmatic mission3 and to community life.

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