LOUISVILLE (PNS) Thirty-six presbyteries in the United States have formal ties with partner churches in Africa. There are good and practical reasons for that, the Rev. Debbie Braaksma told worshipers in the Presbyterian Center Wednesday.
Among them: The safety of the gospel depends on seeing how it’s lived out in other cultures.
“The gospel is never safe in any culture unless there is a witness from beyond that culture,” said Braaksma, Africa area coordinator for Presbyterian World Mission, quoting the Rev. Dr. D.T. Niles, the former executive secretary for evangelism for the World Council of Churches.
For her text Wednesday, Braaksma used 2 Timothy 1:3-14, Paul’s letter to Timothy, which opens with expressions of thanksgiving and encouragement. Paul’s letter includes these words: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.”
Braaksma’s sermon was the same one she wrote as a sample sermon for World Communion Sunday.