Monthly Archives: May 2013

Biblical Theology of Missions

The following post are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture on missions.

The bible presents a grand narrative of mission from Genesis to Revelation. That big story is the whole point of Scripture. Knowing this helps us understand the various parts of the BIble.

Missions In the Old Testament

Do we even see missions in the Old Testament?

Christopher Wright in his book The Mission of God says, “The Old Testament is shaped by the very nature of the mission of the New Testament church, which, indeed felt compelled to justify its mission practice from the Scriptures we now call the Old Testament.”

The early followers of Christ understood that the Old Testament had foreshadowed Christ and the preaching of forgiveness. See Luke 24:46-47
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Seven Missional Themes

Dr. Bruce Ashford sees 7 missional themes in Scripture:

1. The Nations

2. The Messiah

3. Salvation

4. Condmnation

5. Worship

6. Suffering

7. Prayer

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Views of Scripture & Missions

The following post are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture on missions.

An honest and high view of Scripture will lead to a strong missiology. In order to understand the grand drama of missions in the Bible, one must have a proper view of the Bible. Our theology will affect our theology of missions. So how do you see the Scriptures?

Three Views of Scripture

1. Human Constructivist
– Anti-supernatural
– Liberal or atheist
– The Bible is a completely human book
– It is simply an expression of inner feeling or fantasy
– This view of Scripture will lead to a social ministry mentality missiology

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Stages of Harvesting

The following are my notes of Dr. Ewart’s lecture at SEBTS.

1. Sowing

Sowing pictures scattering seed over a large area.

2. Planting

Planting pictures intentional focus in a target area.

3. Watering

Watering is aimed at growth and development.

4. Reaping

Reaping is gathering of the fruit.

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

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