Four Views on the Church's Mission
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    By: Jonathan Leeman, Christopher J.H. Wright, John R. Franke, Peter J. Leithart

Four Views on the Church's Mission

Edited By: Jason S. Sexton
Zondervan / 2017 / Paperback

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In Four Views on the Church’s Mission, four esteemed scholars articulate distinct views regarding the church's mission—providing fuel for a healthy, vigorous, and gracious debate on a perennially relevant topic. Contributors Leeman, Wright, Franke, and Leithart explain the unique theological frameworks, doctrinal convictions, and missiological conclusions that inform and distinguish the soteriological, participatory, contextual, and ecumenical-political approaches to the church’s mission.

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Title: Four Views on the Church's Mission
By: Jonathan Leeman, Christopher J.H. Wright, John R. Franke, Peter J. Leithart
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 0310522730
ISBN-13: 9780310522737
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
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What is the Church's mission? What does it mean to participate in God's mission personally? How do "mission" and culture interact and conflict?

This book articulates various evangelical views regarding the church's mission and provides a healthy, vigorous, and gracious debate on this controversial topic. In a helpful Counterpoints format, this volume demonstrates the unique theological frameworks, doctrinal convictions, and missiological conclusions that inform and distinguish the views:

  • Soteriological Mission: Jonathan Leeman
  • Participatory Mission: Christopher Wright
  • Contextual Mission: John Franke
  • Ecumenical-Political Mission: Peter Leithart

Each contributor answers the same key questions based on their biblical interpretations and theological convictions:

  • What is your biblical-theological framework for mission?
  • How does your definition of mission inform your understanding of the church's mission?
  • How does the Mission of God and Kingdom of God relate to the mission of the church?
  • What is the gospel?
  • How does your view on the gospel inform the mission of the church?
  • How do verbal proclamation of the gospel, discipleship, corporate worship, caring for the poor, social justice, restoring shalom, developing culture, and international missions fit into the church's mission?

The interactive format helps readers get a clearer picture of why different conclusions are drawn and provide a fresh starting point for discussion and debate of the church's mission.

The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

Author Bio

Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director at 9Marks, a ministry that helps church leaders build healthy churches. He teaches theology at several seminaries and has written a number of books on the church. He is also a research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He has degrees in political science and English, a master of science in political theory, a master of divinity, and a doctorate in political theology. Jonathan served for years as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, but has since left to plant a nearby church. He lives in the DC area with his wife and four daughters.

Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International.  After teaching the Old Testament in India and the UK, he also served as chair of the Lausanne Movement's Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of the Cape Town Commitment at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.  His books include: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary), Salvation Belongs to Our God, The Mission of God, The God I Don't Understand, and The Mission of God's People. Chris and his wife Liz who have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, live in London, UK, and belong to All Souls Church.

John R. Franke (DPhil, Oxford) serves full-time as Theologian in Residence with Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. He is also Professor of Religious Studies and Missiology for the Protestant Theological Faculty of Leuven, Belgium, and the General Coordinator for the Gospel and Our Culture Network, North America.

Dr. Peter Leithart has taught Theology & Literature at New St. Andrews College since 1998, and has served as pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho, since 2003. He received his Ph.D. at Cambridge in England. Dr. Leithart and his wife, Noel, have 10 children and 3 grandchildren.

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

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