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The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission (Biblical Theology for Life) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher J. H. Wright
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"In The Mission of God’s People, Chris Wright shows how God’s big-picture plan directs the purpose of God’s people, the church. Wright’s pioneering 2006 book, The Mission of God, revealed that the typical Christian understanding of “missions” encompasses only a small part of God’s overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. Wright emphasizes what the Old Testament teaches Christians about being the people of God. He addresses questions of both ecclesiology and missiology with topics like “called to care for creation,” “called to bless the nations,” “sending and being sent,” and “rejecting false gods.” As part of the Biblical Theology for Life Series, this book provides you—whether you’re a pastor, teacher, or lay learner—with first-rate biblical study while at the same time addressing the practical concerns of contemporary ministry. The Mission of God’s People promises to enliven and refocus the study, teaching, and ministry of those truly committed to joining God’s work in the world."

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5.0 out of 5 stars So what? Here's what ... 17 Dec. 2010
'There should be no theology without missional impact; no mission without theological foundations'. That's what Chris Wright pens in the introduction, and that's what the book achieves.

The book is divided into three parts. A very brief opening section sets out some key issues, organised around the single question, 'who are we and what are we here for?'. A long second section offers more answers. Seven blistering chapters look at how mission begins with God's Creation, and how it is crystallised in God's calling of Abraham. After a brief interlude, six more chapters look at mission in the light of Christ's death, resurrection, ascension, and return. The third part consists of a brief final chapter with reflections and closing thoughts.

The key point of the book is that mission is not just endorsed by the Bible, but actually what the whole Bible is about. 'God doesn't have a mission for his church, he has a church for his mission', Wright says somewhere near the start. Early chapters focus on earlier parts of the Bible: Creation, Abraham, Moses, the book of Kings, Isaiah. Later chapters focus on what later parts of the Bible say in the light of the earlier parts. What Jesus says, what Paul writes, what Peter praises, and what John exhorts, are all studied in the light of Isaiah, Abraham, and others.

It's driven by a conviction that Christians in the west (and probably elsewhere) must get to grips with the simple point that mission is deeply ethical (something he illuminates with great explanations of Hebrew terms whose meanings tend to get simplified in translation). Many people involved in 'mission' ask 'how shall the nations hear?', he notes, but a more relevant question for the church to ask, is 'what do the nations see?'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 16 April 2013
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Well written and thoughtful theology. I believe that the Vineyard Leadership are well rounded and still trying to forge ahead in Christendom in this country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Aug. 2013
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I very much like the way Chris Wright writes. He has a fantastic ability to explain things. His theology makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring 1 Dec. 2013
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A fabulous book filled with insight into Gods heart, his mission and our purpose within that. An easy read book that inspires us to serve God today with his original purpose in mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent throughout 26 Aug. 2013
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Excellent treatment of Mission. Very challenging and should be read by anyone contemplating there responsibilies towards others in society has Christians.
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