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CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T03 - The Missiological Basis of the Bible

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

Hartmut Scherer

on 24 January 2015

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T03 - The Missiological Basis of the Bible

Word of God
and Mission of God

- motivates people
with Bible passages
about mission
Approaches to Mission
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.
Traditional Approach
Biblical Approach
b) mission is primarily about us
a) particular Bible texts provide
the foundation for mission
- motivates people with God's mission as revealed in the Bible
a) entire Bible witnesses about
the ultimate mission of God
b) mission is primarily about God
redeeming and restoring a
fallen creation
"Mission is what the Bible is all about"
"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." (Luke 24:27)
Read Scriptures with a focus on the life of the Messiah and his mission to all nations.
How can we know this?
"Mission is what the Bible is all about"
Creation, fall, redemption and future hope are the four main chapters of the redemptive story
What does it mean?
God with a mission
Reading through the OT, Paul understood that "the clear message of the whole of the Scriptures was the salvation of the nations and the renewal of creation through the mission of God through Israel and Israel's Messiah."
For Paul, biblical theology was mission theology.
This mission is embedded in God's first creation (fill the earth; rule over the rest of creation) and God's new creation (future hope)
Israel was called to
worship God alone
to be a light for the nations
to live as God's holy people.
Ultimately, nations would
join Israel in praising
Disciples, knowing the true identity of Jesus, are charged with bearing witness to the ends of the earth.
The mission of God reached its climax in Jesus' obedience (dying on the cross)
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.
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The church
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