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The Church and Christian Cultural Involvement

The Church and Christian Cultural Involvement

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last week, I made the case that the church’s mission is narrow and unique; it is not cultural or societal transformation, but rather the exclusively redemptive goal of making disciples. Nevertheless, because members of churches may certainly be involved in various cultural endeavors as citizens of the common kingdom, the church does have a secondary… Continue Reading

The Church’s Unique Mission

The Church’s Unique Mission

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Thus far, I have attempted to establish a biblical basis for individual Christian cultural activity, but when Christians gather together as local churches, the picture narrows to a certain degree. This is due to the fact that not everything Scripture commands of Christians as individuals applies in the same way to local churches as institutions.… Continue Reading

Two messages on the Church’s mission

Two messages on the Church’s mission

There is a lot of talk today about being “missional,” and some of it has caused confusion or even derailed churches from following their actual mission. Here are two recent messages on the subject: A message I preached last month at Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, NC – “The Mission Jesus Has Given Us” A… Continue Reading

How does the church’s mission relate to worship?

How does the church’s mission relate to worship?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In this series I have been exploring the relationship between worship and the mission of God. I have already established that the mission of God and the mission of the church are related, but not the same. I have also indicated that redemption serves the purpose of creating worshipers. This leads to the third significant… Continue Reading

God’s Mission: Worship

God’s Mission: Worship

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I have attempted in this series to provide a framework for evaluating the relationship between worship and mission. Using Jonathan Edwards’ categories of “Ends” helps to give clarity to what God is doing in history, why he is doing it, and how his mission relates to the mission of the church. The next several posts… Continue Reading

The Chief End of God and the <i>Missio Dei</i>

The Chief End of God and the <i>Missio Dei</i>

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Edwards’s discussion of “Ends” presented last week provides a framework for determining both God’s chief end and his mission. Using Edward’s categories, God’s chief end constitutes his absolute ultimate end, and the missio Dei is the highest consequential ultimate end that serves as God’s primary means to his chief end. Where worship and redemption fit… Continue Reading

Ultimate and Subordinate Ends

Ultimate and Subordinate Ends

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

There is a lot of talk today about the Missio Dei–the mission of God. God is a sending God, the principle states, and the church–including its worship–is but part of that mission. Worship, therefore, serves mission. This series will evaluate this claim and articulate a biblical relationship between worship and mission. There is perhaps a no… Continue Reading