Theology of Missions

Topics: Jesus, Gospel of Matthew, Old Testament Pages: 4 (1078 words) Published: April 3, 2012
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. JEFF BRAWNER IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE ICST 500

LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY:
HEATH GRANTHUM
ID# 22759413

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................... 1

MISSION IN OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT .......................................................................... 1
GOD’S NATURE IN RELATION TO MISSION ...................................................................... 2
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................ 3
BIBLIOGRAPHY ........................................................................................................................ 4

INTRODUCTION
Most Christians are familiar with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus commanded his disciples with heavenly authority to make disciples of all nations. This statement alone gave birth to missions as we know it today. However, you have to ask yourself these questions: What is missions, and why there has not been any mention of it in the Old Testament? To answer these questions, you have to look at themes and concepts throughout the bible that point to the idea of missions and then one can then determine how the term missions developed from the Great Commission but was inherent in the Bible from the beginning.

Jesus’ proclamation of the Great Commission in Matthew 28 sparked the New Testament idea of missions as we know it. However, well before that the idea of missions was evident in the Old Testament. To understand how this is so, you have to define the concept of missions. Moreau does a good job of summarizing this for us. He defines missions in two ways; (1) “Missions is the work of the church and agencies to...


Bibliography: Block, Daniel I. "The Privilege of Calling: the Mosaic Paradigm for Missions (Deut 26:16-19)." Bibliotheca Sacra 162, no. 648 (2005): 387-405.
Chapman, Stephen B., and Laceye Warner. "Jonah and the Imitation of God: Rethinking Evangelism and the Old Testament." Journal of Theological Interpretation 2, no. 1 (2008): 43-69.
Moreau, A. Scott, Gary R. Corwin, and Gary B. McGee. Introducing World Missions: a Biblical, Historical , and Practical Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
Stott, John R.W. "The Living God is a Missionary God." In Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, edited by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, 3-9. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2009.
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[ 1 ]. A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, and Gary B. McGee. Introducing World Missions: a Biblical, Historical , and Practical Survey. Pg. 17
[ 2 ]. Daniel I. Block "The Privilege of Calling: the Mosaic Paradigm for Missions (Deut 26:16-19). pg 398
[ 3 ]. Stephen B. Chapman and Laceye Warner. "Jonah and the Imitation of God: Rethinking Evangelism and the Old Testament." pg. 60
[ 4 ]. John R.W. Stott "The Living God is a Missionary God."
[ 5 ]. A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, and Gary B. McGee. Introducing World Missions: a Biblical, Historical , and Practical Survey. Pg. 17
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