The meaning of the missio Dei: Reflections on Lesslie Newbigin’s Proposal that Mission is of the Essence of the Church

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Sarisky, Darren 2014. The meaning of the missio Dei: Reflections on Lesslie Newbigin’s Proposal that Mission is of the Essence of the Church. Missiology: An International review. 42 (3), pp. 257 - 270. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091829613497465
AuthorsSarisky, Darren
Abstract

The article is an exposition and critique of Lesslie Newbigin’s view of the church and its mission, according to which the church’s mission is compared with and taken up into the sending of the Spirit and the Son by the Father. The conclusion is that Newbigin’s ecclesiology has great merit in that it challenges the Christian community to realize that it is not even truly a church unless it is active in missions. But, at the same time, the essay argues that there are aspects of God’s missional work that Newbigin’s view does not fully integrate.

KeywordsLesslie Newbigin; missio Dei; theology of missions; missional church
Year2014
JournalMissiology: An International review
Journal citation42 (3), pp. 257 - 270
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0091-8296
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0091829613497465
Page range257 - 270
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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