The Mission of God

I’ve just finished ploughing through Chris Wright’s Mission of God – thoroughly splendid tome. Here are the highlights:

“The very existence of the Bible is incontrovertible evidence of the God who refused to forsake his rebellious creatures” (citing Taber)

“The restoration of Israel to covenant obedience and thereby to covenant blessing (peace, fruitfulness, abundance) will make a corresponding impact on the nations also.”

“So although the exodus stands as a unique and unrepeatable event in the history of Old Testament Israel, it also stands as a paradigmatic and highly repeatable model for the way God wishes to act in the world, and ultimately will act for the whole creation.”

“We can enter the circle of missional response at any point on the circle of human need. But ultimately we must not rest content until we have included within our missional response the wholeness of God’s missional response to the human predicament – and that of course includes the good news of Christ”

“Election is missional in purpose”

Wright’s stuff on missional ethics is wonderfully insightful and helpful. His chapters on redemption, restoration, and ethics are worth the price of the book alone. If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into this will repay your investment.


3 Replies to “The Mission of God”

  1. Any thoughts on the way that Mission of God interacts with DeYoung and Gilbert on “what is the mission of the church”? I know some places where the “blessed to be a blessing” concept is pretty big, but found the critique of it fairly convincing.

    1. Hi Stu,
      I haven’t read DeYoung and Gilbert yet, but must get round to it. I really enjoyed CW and thought his exegesis of key passages like Gen 12, Ex 19, Deut 4, 10, 1 Ki 8, Zech 8 was all very good. Perhaps when I’ve got round to looking a DeY and Gilb I’ll be able to give a more informed reply. Would recommend CW though – lots of great stuff.

  2. Ok Stu,
    I’ve read it and I think if they all sat down to coffee they’d agree on an awful lot, except how you define mission. In that sense alot of it is semantics, but of course semantics are important. I think I’ll do a slightly fuller review of DY/G in another post. I like alot of their points – particularly on what God does and what we do. I do feel they made a few significant omissions – Deut 4 is pretty massive, as is 1 Ki 8, Zech 8. I also think their evaluation of Acts has shortcomings, but perhaps I’ll put this down more fully in the next week or so. See you at Keswick?

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