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'Love of God, Love of Neighbour': is this really an evangelical missiology?

Jackson, Darrell R. (2015) 'Love of God, Love of Neighbour': is this really an evangelical missiology? In: The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission. Regnum Press, Oxford, pp. 30-50. ISBN 1-9083.5583-6


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For at least the last half a century, evangelical churches and mission agencies have understood their divine commission to be that of ‘making disciples of all nations’ with primary reference to the so-called Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20. The 1974 Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization cast this as ‘the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world’.
Meeting in Cape Town in 2010, the evangelical Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization issued its ‘Cape Town Commitment’, composed of two parts, ‘A Confession of Faith’ and a ‘Call to Action’. The ’Confession’ is centred on the twin themes of the Great Commandments in Matthew 22:37-39: love of God and love of neighbour.
I argue that this missiological innovation represents a re-appraisal of certain elements of the First Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in 1974 in the wake of the merger of the International Missionary Council and the World Council of Churches, and that it offers a bold attempt to re-frame global evangelical missiology.
At the heart of this re-appraisal is a fresh understanding of where God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is to be found in mission. From this central insight, a number of further important developments may be traced.
I will outline the contours of this re-framing of evangelical missiology and will highlight the more significant points of continuity and of contrast with earlier evangelical mission practice and mission theology.
Finally, I will suggest several potential points of intersection for an ongoing Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue as it relates to God’s mission in, for and to the world.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: evangelical missiology,Orthodox missiology, Evangelical-Orthodox, dialogue, Lausanne
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Ecumenical Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 01:46
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2902

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