Christian Mission in the Modern World

Christian Mission in the Modern World In recent years the mission of the church has been defined in two almost exclusive ways On the one hand are those who say the church must focus on evangelism and discipleship alone On the other hand

  • Title: Christian Mission in the Modern World
  • Author: John R.W. Stott Ajith Fernando
  • ISBN: 9780830874736
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In recent years, the mission of the church has been defined in two almost exclusive ways On the one hand are those who say the church must focus on evangelism and discipleship alone On the other hand are those who advocate concentrating almost solely on societal reform In this classic book, John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and sociaIn recent years, the mission of the church has been defined in two almost exclusive ways On the one hand are those who say the church must focus on evangelism and discipleship alone On the other hand are those who advocate concentrating almost solely on societal reform In this classic book, John Stott shows that Christian mission must encompass both evangelism and social action He begins with careful definitions of five key terms mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation and conversion Then, through a thorough biblical exploration of these concepts, Stott provides a model for ministry to people s spiritual and physical needs alike Ultimately, Stott points to the example of Jesus, who modeled both the Great Commission of proclamation and the Great Commandment of love and service This balanced, holistic approach to mission points the way forward for the work of the church in the world.

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    1. "Evangelism, then, is sharing the good news with others. The good news is Jesus. And the good news about Jesus which we announce is that he died for our sins and was raised from death, and that in consequence he reigns as Lord and Saviour at God's right hand, and has authority both to command repentance and faith, and to bestow forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Spirit on all those who repent, believe and are baptized. And all this is according to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament [...]

    2. After news of John Stott‘s death nearly two weeks ago, a range of tributes and obituaries came out in various quarters (like this, this, this, this and perhaps most notably, this). As some noted, though Stott was hardly a household name in the US or the UK, he had enormous influence on evangelicals in those countries and others. Some considered him a sort of Protestant pope. I remember being at the Urbana conference during college, excited to hear him speak, when we learned that he wasn’t ab [...]

    3. Christian mission is not about converting people, but it's a series of actions that naturally follow the transformation of a person by what Jesus Christ has done. It is to genuinely love others and therefore serve others because of our commitment to God's commands. Also it is to honestly convey all that we know (the rich historical, archaeological, logical, philosophical, psychological evidence) to people. And the rest of work is left with God and that person who is given the information. We are [...]

    4. Classic written during Stott's many years in ecumenical discussions defending an evangelical viewpoint of mission, evangelism, conversion, and salvation plus a discussion on what genuine dialogue consists of and doesn't.

    5. Chris Wright has updated John Stott's 1974 classic, adding his own insights and developments in mission in the last forty-plus years. I loved Stott's original chapters, and found Wright's commentary most helpful as well. Mission is not somewhere over there or just for professionals but an integral part of our faith and actions.

    6. In this latest book, Shaara returns to his roots, in a sense, with a new novel (the first in a promised triology) on the Civil War. He cut his teeth (and gained his reputation) with Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, a prequil and then a follow up to his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels (the novel on which the film Gettysburg was based). In this new Civil War trilogy, Shaara is looking to the battles in the West, starting with this account of the battle of Shiloh. Thes [...]

    7. This book is helpful for missionaries and missiologists seeking a biblically robust framework and discussion of key missiological terms in light of present-day missiological discussions. While helpful for this purpose, for the layperson seeking to build Biblical theology of mission, other resources may be more accessible and helpful. Stott specifically undertakes the definition and discussion of the key terms “mission”, “evangelism”, “dialogue”, and “salvation”.---------In tradit [...]

    8. This Stott classic has been ably updated and expanded by Christopher J. H. Wright. In fact, this volume is double the size of the old edition as Wright follows each Stott chapter with one of his own. Not only were Stott and Wright colleagues and friends, but Stott was something of a mentor to Wright. They share many specialities including the subject of this book. Stott is known as the master expositor, and Wright follows him in that way too with several fine, medium-length commentaries if his o [...]

    9. Great little book! Although written in 1975, which make it seem dated to Americans with short memories (like myself), a good primer on a biblical theology of mission. Stott covers the topics of mission, evangelism, dialogue, salvation, and conversion, contrasting modern perspectives with Biblical teachings. Throughout, Stott maintains his famous focus on Jesus Christ, and the practical urgency of missions. Though it might take some effort to wade through the theological discussions and distincti [...]

    10. I cannot believe that I have not read this book before. John Stott was so ahead of his time when he wrote this. The questions he was asking, the synthesis of his answers. Far too many books have been written in the last few years about mission that are still wrestling with the questions that John Stott answers in this book. It has gone to the top of my recomended reading on mission alongside Bosch's Transforming Mission and Ronald Sider's Good News and Good Works.

    11. Great insight into mission, evangelism, salvation, conversion in the 'modern' world of the mid 1970's. I am currently creating a thesis project on evangelism and this book is extremely valuable for me because it gives a glimpse into how and why some of the evangelism practices came to be. Good read.but so is everything else that Stott wrote.

    12. I've had this book since 1977. Stott is still relevant on the nature of mission, evangelism, dialogue, and the balance of gospel and compassion/justice in our agenda. they are partners. Since Stott recently died I Mad him Theologian of the Year for Reformation Sunday. Bethanyfree

    13. An excellent little book from Stott, deftly merging the need for Christian doctrine and Christian practice in the church. Could be equally enjoyed by the emergent and the uptight.

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