Mission of God
Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative
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Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
Number of Pages: 584
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Winner, 2007 Christianity Today Missions/Global Affairs Book The Bible doesn't just provide a basis for mission. Mission is much bigger! Mission is the basis for the whole Bible - it is generated by, and is all about, God's mission. In order to understand the Bible, we need an interpretative perspective that is in tune with this great missional theme. We need to see the 'big picture' of God's mission and how all parts of Scripture fit into its grand narrative. In this comprehensive and accessible study, Chris Wright begins with the Old Testament understanding of who God is, what he has called his people to be and to do, and where the nations belong within God's mission. These themes are followed into the New Testament. Throughout, Wright emphasizes that biblically-defined mission is intrinsically holistic. God's mission is to redeem his whole creation from all that sin and evil have inflicted upon it, and the mission of God's people must reflect the breadth of God's righteous and saving love for all he has made.
To an already impressive list of publications dealing with the Bible and mission, Chris Wright now adds what must surely be his magnum opus. This remarkably comprehensive work does nothing less than point the way ahead for the global Christian movement in the twenty-first century, and in the process it challenges a host of received assumptions in biblical scholarship, Christian theology, and missionary practice. I believe Wright's book will be seen as the most important work of its kind since David Bosch's contribution in the 1990s and, like that work, it is likely to be read, discussed and, hopefully, applied to practice for years to come. A rich and most impressive work. It is a splendid exposition of a comprehensive biblical theology of mission, and will have to be taken seriously by every student of the subject. -- Andrew F. Walls * University of Edinburgh * Wright has truly laid a cornerstone in the edifice of mission, one on which a biblical theology of mission would be wise to build. -- Michael J. Glodo * Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, June 2009 *