This Research Report seeks to provide a consolidated account of my topic as studied through various theological perspectives that comprise the integrated master’s programme at the South African Theological Seminary (SATS). Integrated theology1 implies studying a topic from various theological perspectives, namely, biblical, historical, systematic and practical theology, to arrive at a biblically faithful synthesis of truth, in order to know and perform God?s will in our church and world. The integrated theological study begins with a theological problem that is then deployed across these four theological disciplines to ultimately manifest God?s will in practice. This paper is the final step in the integrated master’s journey, namely, to offer a summary of each of the four perspectives concerning my topic with a view to inform, reform and transform church praxis.

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