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The Great Story and the Great Commission: Participating in the Biblical Drama of Mission (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology)

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Highly regarded biblical scholar and speaker Christopher Wright shows us that how we read the Bible has a profound impact on how we understand what mission is. According to Wright, "People read (and preach) the Bible in tiny bits and pieces, for its promises or rules or doctrines, and fail to take it as a whole as the true story of the universe, past, present, and future, within the plan and purposes of God--a story in which we are called to participate as coworkers with God."

Wright encourages us to explore the Bible's grand narrative and to bring "the whole counsel of God" in Scripture to our understanding of who we are and what we must do as God's people on the earth. He helps us understand mission in its broadest sense, including our creational responsibilities. Wright's goal is to get us excited about the dramatic vista of the whole Bible and to help us understand the breadth and depth of missional engagement that we are called to as actors in that drama.

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  • Help us understand the breadth and depth of missional engagement that we are called to as actors in that drama
  • Encourages us to explore the Bible's grand narrative
  • Introduction
  • 1. A Missional Hermeneutic of Scripture
  • 2. The Great Story as a Drama in Seven Acts
  • 3. What Does the Great Story Do?
  • 4. The Great Commission and the Five Marks of Mission
  • 5. Building the Church through Evangelism and Teaching
  • 6. Serving Society through Compassion and Justice
  • 7. The Goodness and Glory of Creation
  • 8. The Goal of Creation
  • 9. The Great Story, the Great Commission, and the Church's Mission
The Great Stor and the Great Commission calls us to reimagine the Bible as God's grand narrative expressing God's purpose and our participation in God's mission. From his extensive biblical scholarship and experience with the global church, Wright brings the Bible's story to life. In this beautifully written and accessible book, Wright encourages each believer to embrace the mission of God and so discover God's whole mission for the whole church.

—Lynn H. Cohick, provost and dean of academic affairs, Northern Seminary

Chris Wright continues to produce important books for the church. This is another one. Here Chris brings together, in a succinct, clear, and popular way, a number of important themes that have characterized his writing. This includes a summary of a missional hermeneutic, the importance of narrative to the Christian faith and mission, the Gospels' mission mandate and holistic mission, and more. This book would make a great textbook for a variety of theology classes. I will begin to use it and would highly recommend it to others.

—Michael W. Goheen, professor of missional theology, Covenant Seminary; professor and director of theological studies, Missional Training Center

Chris Wright is one of a handful of authors about whom I tell my students to read everything they have written. Trained as an Old Testament scholar, Chris works across biblical studies and missiology, an exceptionally fertile crossroads and one that few have the skill set to execute as well as he does. Chris has long thought, taught, and written about the issues he deals with in this book, and the reader is gifted with the results of all that hard work in comparatively short compass. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

—Craig Bartholomew, director, Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology, Cambridge

Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships, and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written many books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.


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