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Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission
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Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission


Paternoster 2006

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The Apostle Paul is the most notable Christian missionary and perhaps the most influential New Testament author. The greatest theologians in the church’s history—Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Karl Barth, and others—have repeatedly turned to Paul, and the central doctrines of the church hinge on the theology found in Paul’s writings. Yet in recent decades, disputes over the historicity of Paul’s letters and the emergence of the New Perspective have led scholars to reevaluate central Pauline texts, leading to controversy, dispute, and a fractured understanding of Paul’s intent.

Did the apostle Paul expect the early Christian communities to evangelize?

This book engages in a careful study of Paul’s letters to determine if the apostle expected the communities to which he wrote to engage in missionary activity. It helpfully summarizes the discussion on this debated issue, judiciously handling contested texts, and provides a way forward in addressing this critical question.

While admitting that Paul rarely explicitly commands the communities he founded to evangelize, Plummer amasses significant incidental data to provide a convincing case that Paul did indeed expect his churches to engage in mission activity. Throughout the study, Plummer progressively builds a theological basis for the church’s mission that is both distinctively Pauline and compelling.

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Key Features

  • Includes bibliographical references
  • Contains Scripture and authors indexes

Praise for the Print Edition

Plummer's call for reliance on the Word of God and the power of the gospel is refreshing…

—Online reviewer

Product Details

  • Title: Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission
  • Author: Robert L. Plummer
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 190

About Robert L. Plummer

Robert L. Plummer is Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.