Part one explores the canon of Christian Scripture from narrative and systematic angles, explaining how the mission of God-to redeem a people who will be a kingdom of priests to the praise of his glory, bear witness to his gospel, advance his church, and dwell with him forever on a new heaven and earth-is communicated in the Bible's four movements: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.
Part two sees the mission of God's people in the light of God's mission, emphasizing not only preaching and church planting but also gospel witness in every dimension of human culture-glorifying God in family, church, work, community, through the arts, sciences, education, business, and the public square. The writers encourage us to live missionally, leaving all of our resources at God's disposal for the sake of his kingdom.
Finally, part three contends that the North American church must come to terms with its missional calling-just as international missionaries do-and gives a starting point and parameters for conceiving the church's mission to all people groups and cultural contexts. Chapters here include ones on unreached people groups, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Postmoderns.
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About the Author
He is the editor of Theology & Practice of Mission (Nashville: B&H, 2011).
In January 2009, Ashford became the Dean of The College at Southeastern.
He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, American Philosophical Association, and the Evangelical Missiological Society.
In addition to his teaching schedule, Ashford has taught or preached for churches of various denominations, including Southern Baptist, American Baptist, Mennonite, Presbyterian Church-USA, Presbyterian Church of America, United Methodist Church, Episcopal, Assemblies of God, Church of God, United Pentecostal, Four Square, and Russian Baptist.
He has also worked and toured overseas in The Pacific Rim (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), North Africa & The Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates), West Africa (Ivory Coast, Liberia), Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Central Asia (Armenia, Turkey, Uzbekistan), South Asia (India), East Asia (China), Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Russia), Western Europe (France, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Switzerland) and the Caribbean (The Bahamas, Jamaica).
He has lectured or spoken on college campuses, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Florida, Appalachian State University, Methodist College, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, Gardner-Webb University, Campbell University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, Anderson College, Criswell College, and Kazan University (Russia).
Recently, he was a co-recipient of a creative teaching grant from Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture. Together with David Nelson, associate professor of theology at Southeastern, he received one of four $5,000 awards from Yale for a course they designed to help pastors equip their congregations to live wisely in the context of contemporary American culture.
Table of Contents
I God's Mission 5
1 The Story of Mission: The Grand Biblical Narrative 6
2 The Triune God: The God of Mission 17
II The Church's Mission 35
3 The Agents of Mission: Humanity 36
4 The Heart of Mission: Redemption 48
5 The Community of Mission: The Church 60
6 The Gospel and Evangelism 76
7 The Gospel and Social Responsibility 92
8 The Gospel and Culture 109
9 The Gospel and Lifestyle 128
III The Church's Mission to the Nations 145
10 The Hebrew Bible and the Nations 146
11 The New Testament and the Nations 160
12 Mission and Unreached People Groups 173
13 Mission and Discipleship 186
14 Mission and Church Planting 200
15 Mission and Suffering 211
16 Mission to Muslims 222
17 Mission to Hindus 238
18 Mission to Buddhists 252
19 Mission to Animists 266
20 Mission to Postmoderns 277
IV Concluding Challenges 293
21 A Theologically Driven Missiology 294
22 A Challenge for Our Churches 319
Name Index 334
Subject Index 336
Scripture Index 339