Ancient-Future Evangelism (Ancient-Future): Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community

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Baker Books, Nov 1, 2003 - Religion - 224 pages
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Following his well-received Ancient-Future Faith, Robert Webber presents a new model for evangelism and discipleship, the first in a series of four books applying his theoretical ideas to practical situations.
Part 1 of Ancient-Future Evangelism surveys evangelism and Christian formation throughout the church and then translates the process for twenty-first-century Christians. Webber presents evangelism as four distinct stages and suggests three accompanying rites of passage that can be easily adapted to any church tradition.
Part 2 underscores how the four-fold process of faith formation is interwoven with three theological principles: Christ as victor over evil, the church as witness to God's salvation, and worship as a witness to God's mission accomplished in Jesus.
Ancient-Future Evangelism will appeal to both emerging evangelicals as well as traditional church leaders. It relates faith to Christian practice by drawing wisdom from the past and translating those insights into the present and future life of the church.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
9
The Way New Christians Have Been Formed
17
Spiritual Formation and Passage Rites
24
Conversion and Discipleship among the Reformers
30
Reformation Salvation Process Compared to the Evangelical Process
33
Christian Formation in the New Testament and Early Church
36
The Process of Christian Formation
39
The Making of a Disciple
53
Cultural and Theological Reflection
119
Our PostChristian World
135
The Mission of God in Jesus Christ
151
Creation and the Fall
152
The Theological Basis for the Mission of the Church
163
How Does the Church Witness to Gods Mission in a Post ChristianEra?
164
Conclusion
165
Various Sequences for the Stages and Passage
171

Evangelism Occurs within Community
68
The Nature of Discipleship
86
What Is Christian Spirituality?
101
Training New Christians to Be Spiritual Today
102
What Is Christian Vocation?
116
Teaching the Meaning of the Eucharist
117
The Sequence for the Delay of Baptism
172
The Christian Year Sequence
179
Notes
185
Bibliography
195
Index
202
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Robert E. Webber (Th.D., Concordia Seminary) is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary, president of the Institute for Worship Studies, and author of numerous books and articles, including The Younger Evangelicals.

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