A sixfold biblical approach to social transformation in the local community in terms of the ELIJAH model : a challenge for today’s church

Since its inception, the Christian church has been involved in social transformation, especially when it has sided with the poor and the oppressed. Despite losing its focus from time to time, throughout church history, it has mostly managed to adhere to its missional responsibility. Given the increa...

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Published in: Verbum et ecclesia Vol. 40; no. 1; pp. 1 - 9
Main Authors: Joynt, Shaun, Woodbridge, Noel
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria AOSIS 01-01-2019
AOSIS (Pty) Ltd
Subjects:
God
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Summary: Since its inception, the Christian church has been involved in social transformation, especially when it has sided with the poor and the oppressed. Despite losing its focus from time to time, throughout church history, it has mostly managed to adhere to its missional responsibility. Given the increasing poverty, violence and injustices in today’s world, more than ever the Christian church is called upon to engage in and continue with its task of being an agent of social transformation. Its calling is to fulfil the biblical imperative to proclaim the kingdom of God and make disciples of all nations, which includes promoting social justice in the local community. The aim of this article is to ground and describe a sixfold biblical approach, which the Church can implement to promote social transformation in the local community in terms of the ELIJAH model, namely, the Equality Approach, the Legislative Approach, the Incarnation Approach, the Justice Approach, the Apportionment Approach and the Holistic Approach.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The research offers a biblical approach for consideration concerning social transformation and its implementation within the contemporary local congregation, namely, the ELIJAH model, resulting in a practical theological and sociological dialogue.
ISSN: 1609-9982
2074-7705
DOI: 10.4102/ve.v40i1.1988