Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Whole Church + Whole Gospel + Whole City (and beyond!)

>>>Note: The Mission America Coalition and the Loving Our Communities to Christ initiative is rooted in the Lausanne Covenant . . .

Christopher J. H. Wright

The Lausanne Covenant - substantially crafted by John Stott, includes the phrase: ‘evangelization requires the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world’.(1)

One might argue that the three wholes embodied in this ringing phrase are hardly new, and go back to the Apostle Paul, if not to the patriarch Abraham himself. Let us look at what each means.

The whole Church means all believers. The whole world means every man and woman. The whole gospel means all the blessings of the gospel. That is surely better than some missionaries taking some blessings of the gospel to some people in some parts of the world. But the three wholes also have more substantial, qualitative implications worthy of a Global Conversation.===>Click headline to access complete article . . .

Christopher J. H. Wright lays the foundation for the conversation in his articleWhole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World.

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