What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

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Crossway, 2011 - Religion - 283 pages
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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.

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User Review  - joshrskinner - LibraryThing

Good distinction between the mission of the Church and good works of believers. Simply, The Great Commission is the mission of the Church. DeYoung and Gilbert do not minimize the need for good deeds and loving our neighbor, but want it in its proper, biblical perspective. Helpful work. Read full review

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User Review  - trbixby - LibraryThing

In a day when so much is being said about “missions,” and “being missional,” it’s helpful to get back to the basics (the Bible, our rule of faith and practice) and to inductively discover what the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

KEVIN DEYOUNG (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He is the coauthor of Why We Love the Church and other award-winning books.

GREG GILBERT (MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?

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