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ASSIGNMENT 3: THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS PAPER INSTRUCTIONS
Due at the end of Module/Week 3, you will write a 1500–2000-word (6–8 page) paper on a biblical theology of mission. The purpose of this paper is to help you to articulate a biblical and theological basis for global mission (see learning outcome A of the syllabus). Your paper should explore the following questions:
• In 1–2 pages, discuss 2 Old Testament and 2 New Testament texts that relate to mission. • In a half page to 1 page, discuss: how does the nature of God relate to mission? • In 1.5–2 pages address: how does mission theology relate to 2 other aspects of theology? (i.e., Trinity, ecclesiology). • In 1.5–2 pages address: what are 2 key themes or motifs of mission theology? (i.e., Kingdom of God, shalom). • In a final concluding page, discuss how mission theology relates to (1) a missionary (2) church leaders (3) lay people not in full-time ministry.
Papers should conform to current Turabian (see guide in Blackboard) and include: a title page, table of contents, section headings, footnotes, and a bibliography of at least three scholarly sources. See the rubric for specific grading criteria. Aside from your textbooks (Moreau et al., Introducing World Missions and Winter and Hawthorne, Perspectives), some other helpful resources include:
Glasser, Arthur, Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.
Ott, Craig; Strauss, Stephen J.; Tennent, Timothy, Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.
Peters, George W., A Biblical Theology of Missions, Chicago: Moody, 1972.
Piper, John, Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1993.
Tennent, Timothy, Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the 21st Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2010.
Wright, Christopher, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers Grove, Ill: Intervarsity, 2006.
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