What Is the Mission of the Church?

Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert launch us forward into the true mission of the church.

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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.

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  • Acknowledgments
  • Part 1: Understanding our Mission
  • 1. A common word in need of a careful definition
  • 2. What in the world does Jesus send us into the world to do?
  • Part 2: Understanding our Categories
  • 3. The Whole Story
  • 4. Are we missing the whole gospel?
  • 5. Kings and Kingdoms
  • 6. Making sense of social justice - exposition
  • 7. Making sense of social justice - application
  • 8. Seeking shalom
  • Part 3: Understanding what we do and why we do it
  • 9. Zealous for good works
  • 10. The Great Commission Mission
  • Epilogue: so you're thinking of starting a new kind of church?
  • Bible credits
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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Author Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert
ISBN 9781433526909
Format Paperback
First published December 2011
Dimensions 140mm x 215mm x 19mm
Language English
Pages 286
Publisher Crossway
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