Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century

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Overview

"God cannot lead you on the basis of information you do not have." --Ralph Winter

What is God's mission in the world? For anyone passionate about discovering God's heart for the nations, Discovering the Mission of God will reveal his plans for you. Written by 21st-century field workers, scholars and church leaders, this book weaves together the basic components of God's global mission and challenges readers to identify where they fit in the mission of God.

Discovering the Mission of God explores the mission of God as presented in the Bible, expressed throughout church history and in cutting-edge best practices being used around the world today. Drawing from a new generation of scholar-practitioners, this comprehensive reader provides global perspective, recent missiological research, case studies, recommended further readings and relevant discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Contributors include:

Bryan E. Beyer
Karen O'Dell Bullock
R. Bruce Carlton
Gary R. Corwin
Don Dent
Robert Edwards
Nathan Evans
David Garrison
H. Al Gilbert
Kevin Greeson
Jim Haney
J. Scott Holste
R. Alton James
Patrick Lai
William J. Larkin
Christopher R. Little
Alex Luc
Stan May
Clyde Meador
A. Scott Moreau
D. Kurt Nelson
Howard Norrish
Meg Page
John Piper
Robert L. Plummer
Jerry Rankin
Nik Ripken
Tom Steffen
Ed Stetzer
John Mark Terry
LaNette W. Thompson
Greg Turner
Preben Vang
Joel. F. Williams
Christopher J. H. Wright
William R. Yount

Discovering the Mission of God is an indispensable resource for anyone wanting a better picture of what God is doing in the world and how to find one's place in God's global plan.

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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Bill Jones
"Barnett has pulled together a great team of authors who have clearly communicated the glorious mission of God powerfully advancing through the centuries."
Steve Moore
"Discovering the Mission of God is not simply a book you will read but a comprehensive and scholarly resource you will reference repeatedly. The depth and breadth of content is amazing. I highly commend this to you."
Steve Richardson
"We are privileged to live in an amazing era of history. God's 4,000-year initiative to bless all nations on earth through Jesus Christ, Abraham's 'seed'--and thereby bring great glory to himself--is building toward a breathtaking climax. Discovering the Mission of God paints a comprehensive picture of God's grand plan, collecting and filtering the best insights of a new generation of mission thinkers and practitioners into one indispensible volume. I know of no better tool than Barnett's book to fuel today's revolution in global missions."
Daniel L. Akin
"Discovering the Mission of God is a massive project of 38 chapters with almost as many authors. And the ebook supplement adds an additional 16 chapters! A book of this magnitude and authorship demands attention. Indeed it will serve as a missiological feast for years to come. Some of the articles will move you to stand up and shout 'amen!' Others will prove provocative and raise serious question marks in your mind. Good! Let's have a healthy Christian conversation and let the debate begin."
Frank S. Page
"I commend to you Mike Barnett's new work Discovering the Mission of God. I do believe it will become a standard work in the field of missiology. In this powerful copy, he combines the work of a multitude of scholars and practitioners in a thorough study of history, practice and varying philosophies about God's mission. Scholarly yet not pedantic, this new work is bound to find a unique place for those who seek a biblical and theologically correct understanding of God's plan for the ages. I commend it to you without hesitation."
Tom Elliff
"Discovering the Mission of God is a tremendous asset for people seriously considering the shape of missions in the future, either corporately or individually. While firmly grounded on biblical principles, the wide and experienced range of contributors take into account the manner in which future technologies, demographic shifts and global politics will impact missions. Reading this book will help you discover your place in the missions equation."
J. Paul Nyquist
"This book represents a clear voice in a muddled church world. In these rapidly changing days when we are prone to chasing the latest trends, Discovering the Mission of God provides a needed anchor. God has a mission. It includes the church. We need to discover it. We need to accomplish it. Few books enable God's people to do so like this one. May it cause the church to regain its focus on God's mission!"
Andreas J. Kostenberger
"In this contemporary missions reader, a stellar cast of contributors leaves no stone unturned in helping the missions-minded reader discover the mission of God in the Bible, in history and for today. This impressive volume promises to be an indispensable resource for missionary practitioners and a required course text for missions classes for years to come."
David S. Dockery
"Mike Barnett and the diverse team of contributors to this fine volume have provided readers with an outstanding resource for engaging with biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of and approaches to the mission of God. Comprehensive in its scope, insightful and up-to-date in its approach, kingdom-oriented in its focus, this important work fills a gap for missiologists, missionaries, pastors and students alike. Discovering the Mission of God will be a significant reference work to keep on hand for years to come."
Todd Johnson
"Mike Barnett has pulled together a stellar group of Baptist and other Christian contributors to explore the mission of God as it has unfolded in the Scriptures, in history and throughout the world today. These compelling essays will offer solid guidance to a new generation of Great Commission Christians from many Protestant denominations."
From the preface - Jerry Rankin
"Discovering the Mission of God is an exciting compilation of writing and reflections by contemporary actors who are involved in the divine activity that is moving toward that elusive objective when all peoples have the opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the gospel in their own cultural context. . . . [It] will challenge the church and motivate God's people to adjust priorities and personal agenda to become aligned with what God is doing to fulfill his mission today."
Dr. Bill Jones
"Barnett has pulled together a great team of authors who have clearly communicated the glorious mission of God powerfully advancing through the centuries."
Andreas J. Köstenberger
"In this contemporary missions reader, a stellar cast of contributors leaves no stone unturned in helping the missions-minded reader discover the mission of God in the Bible, in history and for today. This impressive volume promises to be an indispensable resource for missionary practitioners and a required course text for missions classes for years to come."
From the preface by Jerry Rankin
"Discovering the Mission of God is an exciting compilation of writing and reflections by contemporary actors who are involved in the divine activity that is moving toward that elusive objective when all peoples have the opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the gospel in their own cultural context. . . . [It] will challenge the church and motivate God's people to adjust priorities and personal agenda to become aligned with what God is doing to fulfill his mission today."
Steve Moore
"Discovering the Mission of God is not simply a book you will read but a comprehensive and scholarly resource you will reference repeatedly. The depth and breadth of content is amazing. I highly commend this to you."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830856350
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,121,802
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Barnett (Ph.D., Southwestern Seminary) is dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. He teaches courses on church-planting movements, leadership and teams, creative access (business as mission), and the history of global Christianity. He also serves as national vice president of publications for the Evangelical Missiological Society.

He has a business background and continues to work in international business development. He and his wife, Cindy, served for twelve years with the International Mission Board.

Robin Martin has written for newspapers and magazines and worked as an editor for twenty-five years. She has served with the International Mission Board in East Asia, Central Asia, London and Cyprus--part of that time as a member of an overseas correspondent team.

She is a graduate of Baylor University and currently lives and works in Virginia with her husband, Don, and children Donnie, Sarah and Stirling--her favorite assignments to date.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceJerry Rankin
AcknowledgmentsMike Barnett
Introduction: Discovering the Mission of GodMike BarnettPart One: The Mission of God in the BibleGod's Mission
1. Word of God and Mission of GodChristopher J. H. Wright
2. The Missionary Message of the New TestamentJoel F. Williams
3. The Supremacy of God in Missions Through WorshipJohn Piper
4. The Kingdom of God and His MissionAlex LucM
5. God's Great Commissions for the NationsJeff LewisGod's Method
6. Jesus Christ—the Living Word—and the Mission of GodBryan E. Beyer
7. The Heart of the TaskZane Pratt
8. The Church in the Mission of GodPreben VangGod's Power
9. The Power of the GospelRobert L. Plummer
10. The Passion of Christ and the MartyrsJerry RankinPart Two: The Mission of God in HistoryAncient Eras
11. The First Decades of the Mission of GodWilliam J. Larkin, Jr.
12. The Ante-Nicene Church on MissionJohn Mark Terry
13. The Gospel Goes EastZane PrattMissionaries and Movements
14. Monastics on MissionKaren O'Dell Bullock
15. Post-Reformation Missions PioneersR. Alton James
16. The Great CenturyHoward Norrish
17. The Global CenturyMike BarnettPart Three: The Mission of God TodayThe Task
18. The State of the Spread of the GospelJim Haney
19. Finishing the TaskJ. Scott Holste
20. Spiritual Warfare and the Mission of GodJerry Rankin
21. Apostles Even NowDon Dent
22. Strategic Prayer for God's MissionMike BarnettCommunicating the Gospel Across Cultures
23. Cultures and WorldviewsStan May
24. Tell His Story So That All Might WorshipLaNette W. Thompson
25. Comprehensive ContextualizationA. Scott Moreau
26. Effective Bridging and ContextualizationKevin Greeson
27. Back to BasicsWilliam R. YountThrough the Church
28. Church-Planting MovementsDavid Garrison
29. Measuring Progress in the Mission of GodGary R. Corwin
30. Breaking Bad Missiological HabitsChristopher R. Little
31. Multiplying Leaders on Mission with GodR. Bruce Carlton
32. Creative-Access PlatformsTom Steffen
33. Biblical Lessons from the Persecuted ChurchNik Ripken and Kurt NelsonCo-Laboring
34. Women on Mission with GodMeg Page
35. Caring for God's MissionariesRobert Edwards and Nathan Evans
36. The Trouble with Our JerusalemsEd Stetzer
37. The Local Church and the Mission of GodH. Al Gilbert
38. Where Do You Fit in the Mission of God?Clyde Meador
About the Contributors
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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