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What is the mission of the church? : making sense of social justice, shalom, and the Great Commission

Author: Kevin DeYoung; Greg Gilbert
Publisher: Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway, ©2011.
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Christians today define mission more broadly and variably than ever before. Are we, as the body of Christ, headed in the same direction or are we on divergent missions? Some argue that the mission of the Church is to confront injustice and alleviate suffering, doing more to express God's love for the world. Others are concerned that the church is in danger of losing its God-centeredness and thereby emphasize the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin DeYoung; Greg Gilbert
ISBN: 9781433526909 1433526905
OCLC Number: 720899518
Description: 283 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A most common word in need of a more careful definition --
What in the world does Jesus send us into the world to do? --
Grasping the whole story : seeing the biblical narrative from the top of Golgotha --
Are we missing the whole Gospel? : understanding the good news --
Kings and kingdoms : understanding God's redemptive rule --
Making sense of social justice : exposition --
Making sense of social justice : application --
Seeking shalom : understanding the new heavens and the new earth --
Zealous for good works : why and how we do good, both as individuals and as churches --
The Great Commission mission : what it means and why it matters --
Epilogue: So you're thinking of starting a new kind of church? : advice for the young, motivated, and missional.
Responsibility: Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert.

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Christians today define mission more broadly and variably than ever before. Are we, as the body of Christ, headed in the same direction or are we on divergent missions? Some argue that the mission of the Church is to confront injustice and alleviate suffering, doing more to express God's love for the world. Others are concerned that the church is in danger of losing its God-centeredness and thereby emphasize the proclamation of the gospel. It appears as though misunderstanding of mission persists. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert believe there is a lot that evangelicals can agree on if only we employ the right categories and build our theology of mission from the same biblical building blocks. Explaining key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, DeYoung and Gilbert help us to get on the same page -- united by a common cause -- and launch us forward into the true mission of the church. - Publisher.

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by lhaight (WorldCat user published 2012-02-23) Excellent Permalink

DeYoung and Gilbert carefully differentiate the work of God, the mission of the church, and individual vocation.  The book is a well-argued response to contemporary "missional" thought and deserves the attention of those who want to build the kingdom of God while pursuing social justice. ...
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