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A Reader's Guide to Transforming Mission

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Table 3

Summary of Some New Testament Models of Mission

 

 

Self-understanding of author and audience

Focus

Key concept

Key text

Mission

Matthew

A disciple helping other Jewish disciples widen their mission beyond Judaism

Discipleship

Kingdom of God

Mt. 28:18-20

Carry the good news

Luke-Acts

A former outsider (Gentile) helping God's new inter-ethnic community understand its identity and mission

Transcending boundaries

Holy Spirit

Lk. 4:18-19

Go with the Spirit

Paul

A Jewish persecutor turned apostle helping Jew and Gentile converts of his mission understand their conversion

Time (grace period)

Salvation

Gal. 1:1-5

Seize the day

In
common

Mission is the core of who we are, not an incidental matter. We have to adapt our mission as our situation changes.

God's new action in the Messiah calls for a new response from everyone.

God's liberating influence is arriving among us with present and eternal implications.

God sent Jesus and he sends his messengers.

Be proactive. Tell the whole world about the Messiah.

 

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