chris wright

...All For The Glory of God

From Christopher Wright's The Mission of God's People:

The mission of God's people is carried on in and for the world; it centers on the gospel of God; and it lays a demanding privilege on the church.

Wright goes on to show that this involves serving creation and society with a gospel that integrates the individual and the cosmic, believing and living, proclamation and demonstration as part of a people who own up to our own failings and shortcomings, live a countercultural ethic, make disciples among the nations - all for the glory of God.

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Using The Whole Bible

From Christopher Wright's The Mission of God's People:

Mission has to do with the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world, [which] means using the whole Bible. It simply will not do to quote a verse or two from favorite 'missionary' bits of the Bible and call that a 'biblical theology of mission.'

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The Other Lord's Prayer

From Christopher Wright's The Mission of God's People:

[Matthew 9:36-38] is the only other time in the Gospels [besides the Lord's Prayer] when Jesus explicitly tells the disciples what to pray. And it is unmistakably missional - in context and content.

Why...do we use the 'Our Father' prayer so regularly in Christian liturgy, and this 'other Lord's Prayer' so spasmodically? What might have been the story of Christian mission if this prayer had become the one we memorized and repeated (and meant) down through the centuries? Of course, it's a dangerous prayer to pray. It tends to become self-answering, as the disciples found. For if they did do as Jesus told them, the very next thing that happens is that they become the answer to their own prayer as Jesus sends them out (Matthew 10).

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