Mission, By Charmaine Warford

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Mission By Charmaine Warford June 2013 Sending out missionaries to a designated territory where they would preach the Gospel and convert non-Christians. Is this true today? Before the Sixteenth century ‘mission’ was used to describe relationships within the holy Trinity. It was not used to describe an aspect of church life. The word ‘missio’ in Latin means ‘to send’, it was used to describe the sending of the Son by the Father, and also the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father and the Son. 1. The Jesuits in Latin American in the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth centuries started to use the term to describe the spreading of the Christian faith among the heathen of that continent and, subsequently, of the spreading of the…show more content…
3. Barth’s insight into the nature of mission came about at one of the lowest points of the Twentieth Century when the Nazis were about to come to power. At that time Barth was teaching in Germany and knew very well what the rise of the Nazis meant for Europe. After the war, in 1952, when the churches were once again contemplating a renewal of mission at the Willingen Conference of the International Missionary Council in 1952, Barth’s influence took hold and his insight was expressed and developed in the conference resolution. It makes an explicit and important connection between church missionary work and the nature of God as Trinity: The missionary movement of which we are a part has its source in the Triune God himself. Out of the depths of his love for us, the Father has sent forth his own beloved Son to reconcile all things to himself. We who have been chosen in Christ are committed to full participation in his redeeming mission. There is no participation in Christ without participation in his mission to the world. That by which the Church receives its existence is that by which it is also given its world-mission. 4. This was a highly significant moment in the genealogy of the word ‘mission’ because it was reconnecting it
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