Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community

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How can evangelism produce not only converts but also disciples who grow in faith and become active members of the church?

In Ancient-Future Evangelism, Robert Webber presents a model of evangelism and discipleship firmly rooted in Scripture, attested to in the history of the church, and authentic to the postmodern world in which we live.

Webber surveys evangelism throughout the centuries, tracing the development of the ancient process of ...

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Overview

How can evangelism produce not only converts but also disciples who grow in faith and become active members of the church?

In Ancient-Future Evangelism, Robert Webber presents a model of evangelism and discipleship firmly rooted in Scripture, attested to in the history of the church, and authentic to the postmodern world in which we live.

Webber surveys evangelism throughout the centuries, tracing the development of the ancient process of Christian formation. He translates that process for the twenty-first century, presenting four stages-conversion, discipleship, spiritual formation, and Christian vocation-that can easily be adapted to various church traditions. He also suggests three practical rites of passage to accompany this "ancient-future" practice of making disciples.

Webber then underscores how the four-fold process of faith formation is interwoven with three theological themes: Christ as victor over evil, the church as witness to God's salvation, and worship as a witness to God's mission accomplished in Jesus.

"A simplistic and reductionistic understanding of salvation has led to an obsession with conversion to the detriment of discipleship. Robert Webber provides a helpful framework to all who desire a deeper perspective on this significant subject. Every Christian disturbed by the lack of depth in the church should read Ancient-Future Evangelism."- Appianda Arthur, president, Global Leaders Initiative, Colorado Springs

Robert E. Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary and the president of the Institute for Worship Studies. He is the author of a number of books, including Ancient-Future Faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091605
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Ancient-Future
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Webber (Th.D., Concordia Seminary) is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary, president of the Institute for Worship Studies, and author of numerous books and articles, including The Younger Evangelicals.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables 7
Introduction to the Ancient-Future Faith Series 9
Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
1 The Way New Christians Have Been Formed 17
Pt. 1 The Process of Christian Formation 39
2 Make Disciples 41
3 Evangelism 55
4 Discipleship 70
5 Spiritual Formation 88
6 Christian Vocation 103
Pt. 2 Cultural and Theological Reflection 119
7 The World We Evangelize 123
8 The Story We Tell 137
9 The Church That Tells the Story 153
Conclusion 165
App. 1 Various Sequences for the Stages and Passage Rites 171
App. 2 Descriptions of the Passage Rites 174
App. 3 The Christian Year Sequence 179
App. 4 The Eastbourne Consultation Joint Statement on Discipleship 181
Notes 185
Bibliography 195
Index 202
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