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Four Implications of the Great Commission for the Local Church and Missions

In my previous post, I took up the question of what the Bible has to say about the relationship between the local church and missions. I began by looking at the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:13-20. Obviously, Jesus did not outline a full-orbed missions strategy, but his teaching and commands are clearly foundational to the discussion. Before moving to the book of Acts, I would like to look at one more foundational “Jesus-text” – the Great Commission.

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Who’s in and Who’s Out? Christianity and Bounded Sets vs. Centered Sets

By Tim Harmon What criteria should we use to evaluate who is a Christian, and who is not? Does it matter if someone affirms a particular set of doctrinal points? Must he or she follow a specific moral code? Since the advent of the modern missions movement, such questions have been particularly pressing. In contexts…Continue reading Who’s in and Who’s Out? Christianity and Bounded Sets vs. Centered Sets