Wright on Reading the Whole Bible for Mission
Given the recent discussions on the mission of the church, I was interested to watch a lecture given by Christopher Wright on Reading the Whole Bible for Mission. I’m planning on reading back through The Mission of God soon to aid me as I think through the differences in view between it and DeYoung and Gilbert’s What is the Mission of the Church? But if you’re interested in the discussion and Wright’s viewpoint, yet are not quite willing to invest the time it takes to get through the 535-page beast, this video gives a nice introduction to his thought. Below the video I’ve compiled a brief outline of his talk along with a few thoughts.
Outline of Wright’s Lecture
- God with a Mission
- God’s intentionality and purpose
- The four dimensions of God’s mission
- The teleological narrative of Scripture
- The biblical worldview is a missional worldview
- Humanity with a Mission
- Man’s purpose and intention from God’s purpose and intention
- All dimensions of being human are dimensions of mission.
- Old Testament Israel with a Mission
- Old Testament vision of God: Missional Monotheism
- Old Testament vision of God’s people and why they exist: Missional Election
- Old Testament vision of God’s people and how they should live: Missional Ethics
- Old Testament vision of God’s future for all nations: missional eschatology
- Jesus with a Mission
- Jesus’ conviction of being sent in his birth and baptism
- The Great Commission: comprehensive, beginning with an indicative
- The Church with a Mission
- Key words rooted in the Old Testament show us that we must come to the NT theology of mission by means of the story from the beginning
- Witnesses (Acts 1:8; Isaiah 43)
- Servanthood (Acts 13:47; Isaiah 49:6)
- Priesthood (1 Peter 2; Rom 15:16)
- What does it mean to read the whole Bible from the perspective of mission?
- We have a Genesis to Revelation Bible. We can’t just go from sin to the day of judgment, thereby ignoring the cosmic realities of creation and new creation.
- We read the Bible in light of God’s purpose for humanity.
- We read the whole Bible in light of God’s historical election of Israel and promise to Abraham for the sake of the nations.
- We read the whole Bible in the light of the centrality of Jesus of Nazareth, his messianic identity and his missional thrust for the church. We read the whole Bible as the missional community called by God.