LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Theology of Missions
Submitted To Dr. Augusto Rodríguez
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Completion Of
global studies survey
November 8, 2014
Old Testament and New Testament Texts Related to Mission 2
The Nature of God Relates to Mission 5
Mission Theology Relates to Other Aspects of Theology 6
Key Themes and Motifs of Mission Theology 8
Mission Theology Related to the Missionary, Church Leaders and Lay People 10
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It is God who provides a means by which rebellious humanity may enter into relationship with him (Genesis 4:1-5). From that time on has been the story of God reaching out to humans, who are asked to choose sides. Adam was given basically the first humanity mission, “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” (Genesis 3:23)
There are many people in the Old Testament that were given assignments or promises by God. Noah was sent to build the Arc; Abraham was promise to be a great nation, to be bless, his name would be great and to be a blessing; the nation of Israel to be God’s people, Moses to free and lead the Israelites out Egypt; and David was promise to be a King, to name a few. Genesis 37 – 50 tells the story of how a dream from God to a young man, at first brought disappointed in life, but came true at the end. This is the story of Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph. Not only did his father favor him but God did also. God gave him a series of dreams about his future and how his brothers would eventually bow down to him and his mother and father would also pay him homage. Some say this was a test for Joseph, however all missions are tests. God used humanity deceitfulness to fulfill His original mission for Joseph.
Joseph boasting about his dreams to his brothers and family brought about his roller coaster life. He was place in a pit by his brothers, sold to foreigners and his work ethics caused foreigners to conclude that God’s presence was with Joseph had brought a surprising abundance. “The Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to proper in his hand.” He became overseer over his Egyptian master house, accused of rape, and place in prison. While in prison he was in control of all administrative affairs, interpreted dreams, released to become ruler all over the land of Egypt. This story has all the criteria to be classified as missions. Joseph declared after many years in Egypt that God sent him there. God sent him so that he can help preserve a generation. Joseph was thrown into a situation that was spatially different, that was spiritually different, and that was sociologically. Joseph indeed was a missionary to Egypt.
The New Testament is a continuation of mission theology stemming from the Old Testament, with references found throughout the four Gospels through the book of Revelation. In Christ the true interpretation and fulfillment of the Old Testament blossomed forth to the healing of the nations of the world. Jesus Christ constantly related Himself, His message, His mission and work to the Old Testament. He never did contradict anything of the Old Testament, but did modify or expand on many of the issues or topics. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of the Old Testament, not to abolish it, but to supersede it by fulfilling it. (Peters 1972)
Mathew 28:16-20 or The Great Commission, we see that “All” authority has been given to Jesus and through...