Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-First Century

Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-First Century

by Timothy Tennent


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Invitation to World Missions combines a strong biblical anchor with practical suggestions. This unique text is arranged in three parts according to the Trinity’s roles, relationships, and activity. Tennent questions whether missions as currently conceptualized is adequate and he challenges the reader by building the book around key theological foundations such as “mission dei” and the “new creation” vision for the global church. This volume will call and enable the reader to understand how missions is biblically and theologically basic to Christianity, and how missions is essential to living out an abundant and impassioned life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825438837
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 01/25/2010
Series: Invitation to Theological Studies Series
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,068,767
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Timothy C. Tennent is president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He was the professor of world missions and director of missions programs at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He recieved his M.Div in 1984 from Gordon-Conwell, a Th.M. in Islamics from Princeton Theological Seminary, and did graduate work in linguistics (TESL) at the University of Georgia. He completed his Ph.D. in non-Western Christianity with a focus on Hinduism and Indian Christianity in 1998 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

Part 1 Introduction

Section A Megatrends That Are Shaping Twenty-first Century Missions

1 From Moratorium and Malaise to Selah and Rebirth 15

Section B The Triune God and the Missio Dei

2 A Trinitarian, Missional Theology 53

3 A Trinitarian Framework for Missions 74

Part 2 God the Father: The Providential Source and Goal of the Missio Dei

Section A A Missional Perspective on the Bible

4 The God of Mission Reveals His Plan 105

5 The Sending Father and the Sent Church 125

Section B Creation, Revelation} and the Human Response to God's Rule

6 A Trinitarian, "New Creation" Theology of Culture 159

7 An Evangelical Theology of Religions 191

Part 3 God the Son: The Redemptive Embodiment of the Missio Dei

Section A Missions History as a Reflection of the Incarnation

8 Turning Points in the History of Missions before 1792 229

9 The "Great Century" of Missions, 1792-1910 255

10 The Flowering of World Christianity, 1910-Present 284

Section B Cross-Cultural Communication as a Reflection of the Incarnation

11 The Incarnation and the Translatability of the Gospel 323

12 Access and Reproducibility in Missions Strategy 354

13 Reflecting the Incarnation in Holistic Missions 387

Part 4 God the Holy spirit: The Empowering Presence of the Missio Dei

Section A Empowering the Church to Embody the Presence of the Future

14 The Holy Spirit, the Book of Acts, and the Missio Dei 409

15 The Church as the Embodiment of the New Creation 432

Section B Missionaries as Agents of Suffering and Heralds of the New Creation

16 The Suffering, Advancing Church 459

Conclusion: The Church as the Reflection of the Trinity in the World 485

Bibliography 507

Scripture Index 531

Subject Index 543

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