Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West

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"As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). With the reality of broad-scale secularization in the West and the attendant cloud of insignificance hanging over the church, is there any hope for the re-evangelization of the West? In this comprehensive theology of mission, Ross Hastings directs the fretful gaze of the church to the trinitarian commission of John 20. There we find Jesus granting peace to his disciples by breathing his Spirit on them. He formed them into his community of shalom, the new humanity. Leaving their locked room, these "sent ones" went out to participate in God's own ongoing mission to the world. Hastings tackles the dual challenges of isolation from and accommodation to the surrounding culture. Building on the works of David Bosch, Lesslie Newbigin, Christopher Wright and Darrell Guder, the author offers a particularly theological defence of the missional church. He corrects numerous dichotomies that hinder the church. He is particularly concerned to emphasize that the missional church is as gathered, both the deep church, deep in its eucharistic, liturgical, preaching, and communal life, and as scattered, it is the wide church, in which the whole people of God are missional in fulfilling not just the Great Commission and Great Commandment, but through their work and domestic lives, the cultural mandate, the bringing in of the new creation. This comprehensive theology of mission opens possibilities for renewal of faithful effort as we join in Christ's mission to the world.

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This book was the product of twenty years of pastoral experience and then the teaching of a course on the missional church at Regent College for six years (which is ongoing). The state of the church today beckons us back to the nature of the missio Dei, the God who is revealed in the missions of His Son and Spirit, and who by the gospel, has invited his people, in union with him, to continue his mission to humanity and creation. My approach in the book is to preach good news, not good advice! It is not a 'how-to' manual to make your church missional. Your church, if it is a Christian church, indwelt by the missional God, is already missional. We simply need to rediscover that identity. When we revision the church in light of the doctrine of God, the triune God of amazing grace, we will know what to do!

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"This expository tour de force integrates all
the main themes of half a century's missiological
reflection. Its central thesis, that the
heart of the missional heart of John's gospel
is the Easter evening narrative, is totally
convincing. "
J. I. PACKER, professor of theology,
Regent College, Vancouver
"Ross Hastings--pastor, theologian, scientist, lover of people--has written
what can only be called a 'game changer.' With Spirit-infused passion, insight,
precision and grace, Ross has engaged all the major players in the missional
conversation and has significantly moved the conversation forward. hlassively
forward! Working with the Easter evening story of the resurrected Jesus in
John 20, Ross relentlessly and joyfully draws us deeper and deeper into a
thrilling vision of the inner life of the triune missional God. As a result we can
face the challenges before us out of renewed intimacy and 'intoxication' with
the Great Missionary. This is the book we will return to again and again!"
Darrell Johnson, pastor, First Baptist Church, Vancouver, BC

"With his characteristic commitment to the
church as well as his facility with and passion
for trinitarian theology, Ross Hastings oflers
a perspective on ecclesiology and mission
that cuts through the extremes that are so
prevalent in the contemporary ecclesiastical
culture without being esoteric on the one hand
or overly pragmatic on the other. "
ROD WILSON, president, Regent College,
Vancouver

"Ross Hastings has written a masterful work that, while taking a step back
in order to look at the sad state of much of the Western church, offers hope
based on deep theological truths and a renewed understanding of what we
as a community of believers are called to embrace. Looking at missional
concepts from a communal context, Ross sounds a clarion call for the church
to become what it was intended to be, a community of shalom, healing and
forgiveness in a hostile land."
Andy Harrington, executive director, Greater Vancouver Youth for Christ

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