The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bibles Grand Narrative
This argues for a missional reading of Biblical Theology God is on a mission.
Luke 24:45 – Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
The proper way for disciples of the crucified and risen Jesus to read their Scriptures, is messianically [the Christ should
suffer] and missionally[this is proclaimed to all nations]. P30
Every worldview is an outworking of some narrative [or story]Here is The Story, the grand universal narrative that stretches from creation to new creation, and accounts for everything in between. This is The Story that tells us
- where we have come from
- how we got to be here
- who we are
- why the world is in the mess it is
- how it can be (and has been) changed
- and where we are ultimately going.
And the whole story is predicated on the reality of this God and the mission of this God. He is the originator of the story, the teller of the story, the prime actor in the story, the planner and guide of the storys plot, the meaning of the story and its ultimate completion. He is its beginning, end and center. It is the story of the mission of God, of this God and none other.
The question is not: Where does God fit into the story of my life?
The real question is: Where does my life fit into this great story of Gods mission?
The question is not: I wonder what kind of mission God has for me?
The real question is: I wonder what kind of me God wants for His mission?
The question is not: What can legitimately be included in the mission God expects of our church?
The real question is: What kind of a church does God expect for His mission in all its comprehensive fullness?
Based on sections from p532 of Wrights book.