Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Missional Character of the Christian Church

From Missional Journal, published by Biblical Seminary, April 2009, Vol.3, No.2

The Missional Character of the Christian Church

We believe the life and witness of the church should be thoroughly shaped by its participation in the mission of God to reconcile the world to himself in Jesus Christ, and by the call of Jesus to be the people of God sent into the world to proclaim and live out the gospel.[i]

Perhaps the first observation to be made is that a statement about mission is not usually the first point mentioned when seminary teachers present their theological convictions. The reason is that for centuries mission simply has not been central to the teaching and research that most theologians do.

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