Tim Chester has just posted a nice little piece on the Bible being the story of mission. His notes draw a lot of Biblical threads together and it is well worth reading what he has to say. Here is a brief taster from a brief article.
Exodus: ‘Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5-6) Priests made God known and brought people to God through sacrifice. In the same way, the nation is to make God known. They are to be holy (distinctive) as God is holy – the place on earth where people could see what God is like. See also Deuteronomy 4:5-8. So the law has a missional goal: to shape the life of Israel so the nations are drawn to God.
Israel: ‘Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom’ (1 Kings 4:34). But ultimately Israel follows the ways of the nations and is drawn away from God instead of following the ways of God and drawing the nations to God. (Read More)
As I pointed out last week, our view of mission must come from the whole Bible, not just a few verses at the end of the the Gospels.