Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Missio Dei

quotes Bosch on the Mission of God:

“Mission [is] understood primarily as being derived from the very nature of God. It [is] thus put in the context of the doctrine of the trinity…The classical doctrine of the missio Dei as God the Father sending the Son, and God the Father and the Son sending the Spirit [expands] to include yet another “movement’: Father, Son and Holy Spirit sending the church into the world…mission is not primarily an activity of the church, it is an attribute of God. God is a missionary God. Mission is thereby seen as a movement from God into the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. There is a church because there is a mission, not visa versa.”

David Bosch. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission.(Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1991), 390.

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