A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission

Christopher H. J. Wright performed a wonderful service for the church with the publishing of his masterful work, The Mission of God (IVP) in 2006.  In The Mission of God Wright provided an first-class Biblical Theology text book, written from the perspective of mission–God’s mission in the world. In it he carefully and convincingly demonstrated that the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, really is all about God’s mission to reclaim the world and, indeed, the whole created order.

Wright has once again blessed us with a new contribution, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, published this week by Zondervan.

The following description comes from the book’s back cover:

Chris Wright’s pioneering 2006 book, The Mission of God, revealed that the typical Christian understanding of ‘missions’ encompasses only a small part of God’s overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. In The Mission of God’s People, Wright shows how God’s big-picture plan directs the purpose of God’s people, the church. Wright emphasizes what the Old Testament teaches Christians about being the people of God. He addresses questions of both ecclesiology and missiology with topics like ‘called to care for creation,’ ‘called to bless the nations,’ ‘sending and being sent,’ and ‘rejecting false gods.’ As part of the Biblical Theology for Life Series, this book provides pastors, teachers and lay learners with first-rate biblical study while at the same time addressing the practical concerns of contemporary ministry. The Mission of God’s People promises to enliven and refocus the study, teaching, and ministry of those truly committed to joining God’s work in the world.

The Mission of God’s People can be browsed online here and a sample can be downloaded here.

Here’s a brief video introduction to the book by Wright: