Picturing Christian Witness: New Testament Images of Disciples in Mission
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 3 de maig 2006 - 263 pàgines
Christian mission in previous centuries often drew on images of imperial expansion and war. Today, foreign mission in so-called restricted-access countries is envisioned as a kind of holy espionage. But are “civilizing” crusades and warfare, even covert, appropriate images to associate with the good news of Jesus Christ?
In Picturing Christian Witness, missiologist Stanley Skreslet searches for new, more holistic images of mission from Scripture. Skreslet undertakes a novel exegetical study of mission in the New Testament that focuses on the first followers of Jesus. Skreslet highlights five actions that depict the witness of these disciples: announcing good news, sharing Christ with friends, interpreting the gospel, shepherding, and building/planting. After carefully examining key biblical passages, he draws out the implications of these five images for the theology of mission and lets each image take shape visually through an array of Western and non-Western art.
Picturing Christian Witness will provoke students of mission and of the Bible to imagine what mission will look like when actively embodied by contemporary disciples of Jesus.
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Images and Mission
New Images of Mission
An Attempt at Another Approach
In the Chapters That Follow
Announcing Good News
An Apprenticeship in Mission
Proclaimers of Good News in Acts
Announcers of Good News
Mission As Interpretation after Acts
The Old Testament Background
But Is It Mission?
New Testament Approaches to Shepherding
Peter the Shepherd
Building and Planting
Striking an Evangelical Posture
Sharing Christ with Friends
Three Paths to Discipleship
DiscipleMaking in John
Picturing the Image
Focusing on the Friends
Interpreting the Gospel
Inaugurating the Churchs Mission across Social Boundaries
Pushing the Cultural Envelope in Acts
The Vanishing Translator