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WCC Asia president reflects on changing ecclesial landscape

WCC Asia president reflects on changing ecclesial landscape

Photo: Peniel Rajkumar/WCC

25 January 2018

Preaching at the Beijing Gangwashi Church in China on 14 January, World Council of Churches Asia president Rev. Dr Sang Chang explored the question of where, in this 21st century, Christianity is headed.

“The reality is that Christianity of the 21st century faces significant challenges,” she said. “To understand these challenges, one must first understand the changes that Christianity is going through.”

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WCC Asia president Rev. Dr Sang Chang preaching at the Beijing Gangwashi Church in China. Photo: Peniel Rajkumar/WCC

She offered congratulations on the growth of Chinese churches. “China is on pace to become the world’s most Christian nation within the next two decades,” she said. “Therefore one of the most influential changes of 21st-century Christianity is the growth and revival of Chinese churches.”

Twenty-first century Christianity must also take note of the issue of world peace, she added. “Today’s world is characterized by severe conflict, division, and violence from racial strife, religious strife, economic strife, political strife, environmental crisis, and furthermore, nuclear crisis,” she said. “I believe, for the churches’ witness in today’s rapidly changing geopolitical arena, the Biblical understanding of peace with justice and reconciliation is of utmost importance.”

Twenty-first century Christianity must struggle to bring about world peace with justice, she added. “I believe the 21st century will be the century where Christianity should strive hard for peace,” she said. “I hope the 21st century becomes the century where all Christians receive blessings as peacemakers.”

Full text of the sermon by Dr Sang Chang

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