Theology Essay

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Thesis Statement: A main aspect of being a Christian to spread the word of Jesus Christ, therefore all Christians participate in missions. Introduction Old Testament Texts Related to Missions Missions in the Old Testament are primarily concerned with the individual and the community of God’s people cooperating with God in his work. The Old Testament contains numerous verses that relate to missions, but the one that stands out begins in Genesis 12:1-3. These verses state, “Now the Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family
and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you
and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Isaiah 42:1-9 New Testament Text Related to Missions Nature of God The scripture discussed above and other scriptures throughout the Bible show us that God’s mission is directly related to his own nature. Missio Dei is taken from the latin word meaning “mission of God”. The Latin term missio Dei is often translated as the “sending of God” or the “mission of God” and is derived from the very nature of God himself, “encompassing everything God does in relation to the kingdom and everything the church is sent to do on earth.” When we examine scripture in context we see that “God is the initiator of His mission” sent to redeem his people through Christ, and then through the Church.8 The nature of God and mission is to reach all nations. We read throughout the bible, beginning with God calling Abraham and leading to the coming of Jesus Christ. Today, modern churches are reaching out to the communities in an attempt to win others over to God. The nature of God and mission could not exist without one another.

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