Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory

Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory

by Scott W. Sunquist

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This comprehensive introduction helps students, pastors, and mission committees understand contemporary Christian mission historically, biblically, and theologically. Scott Sunquist, a respected scholar and teacher of world Christianity, recovers missiological thinking from the early church for the twenty-first century. He traces the mission of the church throughout history in order to address the global church and offers a constructive theology and practice for missionary work today.

Sunquist views spirituality as the foundation for all mission involvement, for mission practice springs from spiritual formation. He highlights the Holy Spirit in the work of mission and emphasizes its trinitarian nature. Sunquist explores mission from a primarily theological—rather than sociological—perspective, showing that the whole of Christian theology depends on and feeds into mission. Throughout the book, he presents Christian mission as our participation in the suffering and glory of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the nations.

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ISBN-13: 9781441242143
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Scott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and professor of world Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as professor of world Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Sunquist is author of The Unexpected Christian Century, winner of the 2015 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology from The American Society of Missiology. He is also coauthor of the multivolume History of the World Christian Movement and coeditor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Suffering and Glory in History: The Mission Movement
1. Ancient and Medieval Mission
2. Colonial Missions, Part 1: Globalization of Roman Catholicism
3. Colonial Missions, Part 2: Orthodoxy, the Americas, and Modernity
4. Western Missions: Christianization, Civilization, and Commerce (1842 to 1948)
5. The Waning and Reconception of Christian Mission: Postcolonial Missiologies (1948 to present)
Part 2: The Suffering and Glory of the Triune God: Trinitarian Mission in Scripture
6. The Creator God as the Sending Father: Missional Scripture, Missional God
7. Jesus, Sent as the Suffering and Sacrificing Son: The Centerpiece of Christian Mission
8. Holy Spirit in Mission: Presence, Participation, and Power
Part 3: The Suffering and Glory of the Church: The Church in Mission Today
9. Church: The Community of Worship and Witness
10. Witnessing Community: Evangelism and Christian Mission
11. Urban Community: Mission and the City
12. Global Community: Partnership in Mission
13. Spirituality and Mission: Suffering and Glory
Appendix: Twentieth-Century Ecumenical Councils

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