There is a growing body of literature about the missional church, but the word missional is often defined in competing ways with little attempt to ground it deeply in Scripture. Michael Goheen, a dynamic speaker and the coauthor of two popular texts on the biblical narrative, unpacks the missional identity of the church by tracing the role God's people are called to play in the biblical story. Goheen shows that the church's identity can be understood only when its role is articulated in the context of the whole biblical storynot just the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well. He also explores practical outworkings and implications, offering field-tested suggestions for contemporary churches.
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About the Author
Michael W. Goheen (PhD, University of Utrecht) is Director of Theological Education and Scholar-in-Residence at the Missional Training CenterPhoenix. He is also Jake and Betsy Tuls Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary, as well as Senior Fellow of Newbigin House of Studies and minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and a work on Lesslie Newbigin's missionary ecclesiology.
Table of Contents
Contents1. The Church's Identity and Role: Whose Story? Which Images?2. God Forms Israel as a Missional People3. Israel Embodies Its Missional Role and Identity amid the Nations4. Jesus Gathers an Eschatological People to Take Up Their Missional Calling5. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the Church's Missional Identity6. The Missional Church in the New Testament Story7. New Testament Images of the Missional Church8. The Missional Church in the Biblical StoryA Summary9. What Might This Look Like Today?Indexes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Light to the Nations is a much needed corrective to much of the pragmatic discussion of the mission of the church. Much of the discussion is devoid of a biblical context that starts in the OT with Israel. A Light to the Nations can be summed up in three main stages that present the biblical development of the people of God as missional people: (1) OT Israel as the beginning of the people of God, (2) the coming of Jesus to restore the people of God and (3) the NT church as the reconstituted people of God. Goheen does a masterful job of tracing the roots of mission in Scripture as a background and basis for the contemporary mission of today's church. A Light to the Nations is a great corrective to much of the missional talk of the day. It puts the meat on the bones of some weak theology of mission that too many have today. The greatest strength of the book is its truly biblical theology approach as it begins with the concept as originated with Israel and Abraham. For those who see more discontinuity within Scripture in regards to Israel and the church this book will be a much needed dose of corrective medicine. It is perhaps not a stretch to say that, a rejection of Goheen's biblical theology of mission is a rejection of the Scripture's concept of mission.