Radical Discipleshhip Mission

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The beauty and comprehensiveness of Kirk’s “mission is the Christian life” definition is to be admired. It appears to adequately describe the transformed life and task of a true disciple of Christ. 2.2.4 Radical Discipleship Mission The fourth stream is called radical discipleship mission. This viewpoint has a strong socio-political emphasis, maintaining that social justice and evangelism are equally important but genuinely distinct aspects of the total mission of the church. This position also refuses to differentiate any priority between evangelism and social responsibility. The best-known evangelical representative of this position, Ron Sider, says, “The time has come for all biblical Christians to refuse to use the sentence: ‘The primary…show more content…
The fact that mission is not a word used in the New Testament forces one to proceed with some humility. However, the concept of sending, which lies behind the word mission, is certainly biblical. Mission is an all-encompassing term reflecting the whole redemptive purpose of God. The church’s mission is derivative and has been described as that of being “sent” (as pilgrim, stranger, witness, prophet, servant, salt, light, etc.) by God into this world”. Missions is the word now commonly used for particular components that the church engages in to accomplish the redemptive purpose of God such as the Great commission, church planting, and increasingly, social justice. Missions is considered a sub-set of the mission of the…show more content…
This provides important continuity between Old Testament covenantal commands, for instance, the cultural mandate in Gn 1:28 and Christian mission in the New Testament era. Jesus declared that he had not come to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them (Mt 5:17). Christian discipleship ethics are based on the call to righteousness found in the law and the prophets: “be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48 and Lev 19:2). Jesus’ instructions to his disciples to “teach everything I have commanded” is foundational to the concept of making future disciples, and therefore important for understanding how evangelism and social justice are to be integrated in mission. It is helpful to see the five discourses in the gospel of Matthew as a complete summary of Jesus’
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