CM 2000 2 January, 2000
Plenary: World Evangelization: Where We Are and Where Do We Go From Here

Bible Translation Today

John-Bender Samuel

1st Century AD:

Paul writes to Timothy: ".from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

20 centuries later.

The Amsterdam Declaration

Good news

Scripture translation has accelerated

Bad news

At least another 2,000 languages need a translation programme

Where are these languages?

In the next 25 years it is possible for a translation programme to start in all the remaining languages that need one.

God is providing new resources.

John's vision: ".a great multitude that no-one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. .they cried out in a loud voice, `Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.'"

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