Christianity Encountering World Religions The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0801026601

ISBN-13: 9780801026607

Edition: 2009

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The current religious climate poses unique challenges to those engaged in mission. Thus the authors of this book propose a new, yet very biblical, model for interacting with people of other faiths. They term this model giftive mission, as it is based on the metaphor of free gift. We bear the greatest gift possible--the gospel message. Adopting this perspective not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to more closely imitate God's gracious activity in the world. The core of the book explores eleven practices that characterize giftive mission. Each practice is illustrated through the story of a figure from mission history who embodied that practice. Further discussion shows how to incorporate these practices in specific mission settings.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Context, Text, and Pre-texts
Context: The World of Religion Today
Text: What the Bible Says
Pre-texts: Theology and Personality
Practices: Beyond Competition and Cooperation
Universality: Reaching Out to All, Including Christians
Fellowship: Belonging Precedes Believing
Localization: Focusing on Questions and Concerns of the Local Community
Commitment: Holding Ideas with Conviction; Acting Decisively on Those Ideas; Not Letting Those Ideas Be Divisive
Freedom: Honoring the Principle of Religious Choice
Effectiveness: Allowing the Context to Determine the Form of Witness
Consistency: Striving for Consistency between Methods and Goals
Variety: Communicating the Gospel in Many Forms
Respect: Not Disparaging Others in Order to Champion Your Own; Not Disparaging Your Own in Order to Respect Others
Charity: Loving Those to Whom We Witness
Missional Ecumenicity: Practicing Mission as the Joint Project of the Church
Jesus, Mission Innovator: Jesus's Model of Giftive Mission
Method: How Do We Do It?
The Spiral of Knowledge Acquisition: Learning about New Cultures and New Religions
Experiencing: The Influence of Our Personal Histories
Bracketing: Putting Convictions on Hold
Encountering: Learning from a New Culture and Religion
Evaluating: Appraising the New Culture and Religion from a Christian Viewpoint
Integrating: Reshaping Our Own Views and Mission Practices
Giftive Mission
Metaphors for Mission
The Four Gifts
Giftive Mission
Appendix: Biblical Interreligious Encounters
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