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Be My Witnesses

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What is the church's mission in the world? What message does it proclaim, and who is to proclaim it? The mission, says Darrell Guder in this book, is to complete the work of salvation that God began in the incarnation of his son Jesus Christ. The message is the gospel -- the good news of the incarnate Christ. And the messengers are the Body of Christ -- the church -- who have been called to be his witnesses. Only as we understand Christ's incarnation and the church's role in proclaiming its meaning, according to ...
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Overview

What is the church's mission in the world? What message does it proclaim, and who is to proclaim it? The mission, says Darrell Guder in this book, is to complete the work of salvation that God began in the incarnation of his son Jesus Christ. The message is the gospel -- the good news of the incarnate Christ. And the messengers are the Body of Christ -- the church -- who have been called to be his witnesses. Only as we understand Christ's incarnation and the church's role in proclaiming its meaning, according to Guder, can we understand our calling to be witnesses of God's salvation.

Written out of Guder's wide-ranging experience as a minister and professor in the United States and Europe, and especially his work with the Fuller Seminary Institute of Youth Ministries and with Young Life, this book will challenge students and educated laypersons to grapple with serious theology about the church as it relates to what Christians are doing daily about their faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802800510
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/19/1985
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Toward a Theology of the Church's Mission
Chapter 1 The Church's Place and Purpose in Salvation History 3
1.1 The Power of the Presuppositions 3
1.2 Called to Serve 8
1.3 Christ in Salvation History 12
1.4 The Church as Part of the Gospel 15
Chapter 2 The Incarnation: the What and the How of God's Action 18
2.1 God's Way of Disclosing Himself 18
2.2 The Incarnation of Christ and the Continuing Enfleshment of the Gospel 24
2.3 The Church as the Body of Christ 27
Part 2 The Church's Mandate: Be My Witnesses
Chapter 3 The Vision of the Church in Acts 35
3.1 From Jerusalem to the End of the Earth 35
3.2 "Be My Witnesses" 40
3.3 The Enabling Event of Pentecost 44
3.4 The Community of Witness 48
Chapter 4 Realism About the Church 55
4.1 The Disappointment of History 55
4.2 The Sobering Challenge of the Institutional Church 65
Part 3 Defining the Church's Mission Incarnationally
Chapter 5 What is the Gospel? 75
5.1 Saying Too Much and Saying Too Little 75
5.2 Some Summary Statements 78
5.3 Doing Modest Theology of the Church 88
Chapter 6 Being the Witness: the Equipping Community as Witness 91
6.1 The Risks of Defining Witness as Persons 91
6.2 Being and Becoming the Witness 96
6.3 The "Equipping Community" as the Presupposition for Being the Witness 105
Chapter 7 Doing the Witness: Christian Action as Witness 112
7.1 Incarnation Instead of Abstraction 112
7.2 "Saved to Serve" 117
7.3 The Inward Dimensions of Doing the Witness 124
7.4 The Outward Dimensions of Doing the Witness 128
Chapter 8 Saying the Witness: Understanding Evangelization 133
8.1 "Evangelization" Rather Than "Evangelism" 133
8.2 The Possibility of Evangelization 136
8.3 The Necessity of Evangelization 140
8.4 The Inward Dimension of Evangelization 148
Chapter 9 Saying the Witness in the World: Incarnational Evangelization 153
9.1 "Earning the Right to be Heard" 153
9.2 Every Witness an Evangelist 159
9.3 The Gift of Evangelists 167
9.4 The Prophetic Witness 174
Part 4 Becoming the Church of Incarnational Witness
Chapter 10 Correcting the Church's Course 181
10.1 A Cautionary Approach to Criticism 181
10.2 Changing How the Church Views Itself 182
10.3 "In but not of the World" 195
10.4 The Cultural Bondage of the Gospel 197
Chapter 11 Ministry for Incarnational Witness 204
11.1 General Ministry and Specialized Ministry 204
11.2 Equipping the Equipping Community 211
11.3 The Authority of Ministry 219
Chapter 12 On not Separating the Inseparable 226
12.1 An Appeal for Theological Unity 226
12.2 The Inseparable in our Concept of Salvation 230
12.3 The Inseparable in our Concept of the Church 233
Bibliography 236
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