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CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T05 - The Missiological Basis of the Bible

WAS: CMIN 201 (Sp '13) T01 - Word of God and Mission of God

Hartmut Scherer

on 25 January 2017

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T05 - The Missiological Basis of the Bible

Word of God
and Mission of God

Highlighted some thoughts from Christopher Wright, "The Word of God and Mission of God" in Mike Barnett, ed.,
Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century
(IVP 2012), 33-47.
Sources and Image Credits
Bible; http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3631/3401396135_88c8e33439.jpg; accessed Jan 24, 2015.
God’s heart; http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2803/4075707476_eb91950ffe_o.jpg; accessed Jan 24, 2015.
Emmaus; http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4048/4301221243_537c07e390.jpg; accessed Jan 24, 2015.
Creation; http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6035/6364758657_14efcdb856.jpg; accessed Jan 24, 2015.
The Old Testament & the Mission of God
The Abrahamic Covenant
- Gen. 12:1-3
- a remarkable event in the history of redemption
(Gal. 3:8)
- 3 facets gained from the context of Gen. 12
- God is not silent; he is a God who acts sends
- all of human history is part of God's mission
- missions is ultimately not about what we do but
about God who is the God of mission
Acts of Obedience
1) What indicators do you see in Luke's writings that
the apostles were obedient to what they were told
and given? What indicators are there that they
were slow to obey?
2) What does it mean to "witness?" Hawthorne distinguishes a modern, person-to-person understanding from an ancient public, courtroom understanding. Of what value was the public witness in Acts? How long did it take to do this witnessing?

they wanted to build a city
"make a name"
this event had global consequences
A Closer Look at the Abrahamic Covenant
Abraham is called to leave
Three Key Themes in the Abrahamic Covenant
God is the source and initiator of mission
This covenant reveals Yahweh as a sending God
This covenant reveals God's heart for all nations
God's Initiative in the Abrahamic Covenant
- to “make a name for Abraham”
- to bless "the whole earth"
- by faith Abraham anticipated God's city (Heb. 11:10)
God's covenant with Abraham is both personal and global, local and universal.
father's house
God will bless
all peoples of the earth
- God works among individuals as well as whole
- final end of the mission of God is fully present in
seed form in the Abrahamic covenant
- the mission of God will not be realized until Christ's
- the mission of God does not start with the church
Beyond Duty
1) Why can it be counterproductive to provoke interest
in missions by moving people to be concerned with
human needs?
2) What does Dearborn mean by "signs of the
3) How can missions become a joyous passion instead
of a duty?
Acts of Obedience
3) Place yourself in the role of an individual in an
unreached people group. From this position,
explain the two barriers of the wall and the canyon.
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