Essay on Book Review on Transforming Mission

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TRANSFORMING MISSION BOOK REVIEW
(Paradigm Shifts in the Theology of Mission) (Author: David J. Bosch)

This paper intends to analyze the writings of David J. Bosch in his book entitled “TRANSFORMING MISSION Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission:” This book review shall be presented in four (4) parts. First, is an introduction and a statement of the author’s intention for writing the book; secondly, a summary shall be presented about the major insights presented in this book. Thirdly, I shall present some comments and reactions that I had about the author and his writings. Last is the concluding part where I shall present my evaluation about the book in review, as well as my own opinion and understanding of “mission” as
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11. Mission includes evangelism as one of its crucial elements. "Evangelism is the proclamation of salvation in Christ to those who do not believe in him, calling them to repentance and conversion, announcing forgiveness of sins, and inviting them to become living members of Christ's earthly community and to begin a life of service to others in the power of the Holy Spirit."
12. Mission is also God's "No" to the world, as an expression of our opposition to and engagement with the world.
13. The church-in-mission may be described in terms of sacrament and sign. It is a sign in the sense of pointer, symbol, example or model. It is a sacrament in the sense of mediation, representation, or anticipation.

NEW TESTAMENT MODELS OF MISSION In the first part of the book, the author first surveyed the New Testament model of mission, claiming that the advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked a significant change in the concept of mission as understood in the Old Testament. Jesus' ministry was characterized by inclusiveness and breaking down barriers between people. Jesus’ goal was directed toward all Israel rather than only the remnant of the faithful. Furthermore, Bosch has attempted to introduce the reader to the ways in which three important early Christian witnesses (Matthew, Luke and Paul) understood the event of Jesus Christ and, flowing from this, the church’s responsibility toward the world.

In the case of Matthew, Bosch paid much attention to our

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