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A Whole Bible Theology of Mission

A whole Bible theology of mission is integral to a healthy Biblical Theology of MissionBiblical Theology of Mission
This note is on my list of [[Important Questions to Answer]].

Outline

[[A Whole Bible Theology of Mission]]
[[Mission and Missions]]
The Mission of GodMission of God
Summary:

The Bible tells the story of the Triune God who has a cosmic mission for his ultimate glory that is accomplished first through the creation of a place and (more importantly) a people and subsequently through the redemption and recreation of that people and place. The mission dei is Trinitarian in essence, cosmic in scope, and developed through God's covenants, which all find their telos in the person and work of Christ.




Summary of God's Reign Motif
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The Mission of God's PeopleMission of God's People
The Bible tells of how God has selected for himself a people through which he will accomplish special purposes within his mission of redemption and recreation. This mission of God's people is the central way in which they participtate in the [[Mission of God]].

There is one people of God, but the church does not replace Israel. Continuity and discontinuity exist between the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament people of God. Though, the church does not replace Israel. While this...



Key Resources

Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Baker Academic, 2011.
Kostenberger, Andreas J., and Peter T. O’Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Leicester, England : Downers Grove, Ill: Apollos / I...
, and includes both a full understanding of the Mission of GodMission of God
Summary:

The Bible tells the story of the Triune God who has a cosmic mission for his ultimate glory that is accomplished first through the creation of a place and (more importantly) a people and subsequently through the redemption and recreation of that people and place. The mission dei is Trinitarian in essence, cosmic in scope, and developed through God's covenants, which all find their telos in the person and work of Christ.




Summary of God's Reign Motif
[[This summary is an adaptat...
and the Mission of God's PeopleMission of God's People
The Bible tells of how God has selected for himself a people through which he will accomplish special purposes within his mission of redemption and recreation. This mission of God's people is the central way in which they participtate in the [[Mission of God]].

There is one people of God, but the church does not replace Israel. Continuity and discontinuity exist between the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament people of God. Though, the church does not replace Israel. While this...
. Wright is correct when he claims the "biblical basis for missions" conversation is often little more than scouring the text for out-of-context proofs for an already determined strategy.Wright, Christopher J. H. “Truth with a Mission: Reading All Scripture Missiologically.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.2 (2011): 4–14. As a correction, Wright proposes his missional hermeneutic. In The Mission of God's People, Wright writes,

"There should be no theology that does not relate to the mission of the church — either by being generated out of the church's mission or by inspiring and shaping it. And there should be no mission of the church carried on without deep theological roots in the soil of the Bible." The Mission of God's People (Wright, 2010)

Need to find Hesselgrave's discussion of a missionary hermeneutic that predates Wright.

This is in accordance with the Martin Kahler quote made famous by David Bosch in Transforming Mission, "Mission is the mother of theology."Transforming Mission (Bosch, 1991). Indeed, Ott, Strauss, and Tennent in their theology of mission text, Encountering Theology of Mission, claim,

"The Bible is from start to finish a missionary book," begins Ott, Strauss, and Tennet's Encountering Theology of Mission.Encountering Theology of Mission (Ott), loc. 535.

Adopting a Central Themes Approach

Unpack this section considering the missio dei as one of the most significant central themes in Scripture.

While Wright is a healthy correction to anemic attempts at biblical proof testing to support missions, it is best to think of mission not as the biblical center of the Scriptures but as one of several central themes that run throughout the canon.