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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.

Submit your assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday through the SafeAssign submission link found in Module/Week 3.

• Week 3 Considerations
Posted on: Monday, May 30, 2016 6:35:35 AM EDT
Thank you for your posts to the DB. This week you have two assignments due: Discussion Board #3 as well at the Theology of Missions paper. With respect to the paper, please take time this week to look over BOTH the rubric and the assignment instructions for the Theology of Missions Paper. It is very important that you understand the objectives and requirements. Please try to go deeper than simply surface considerations of common biblical passages, and construct a thoughtful and comprehensive paper. You must cite the textbooks and fully develop your ideas according to the assignment instructions.
People who do well on this paper have fully developed introductions and conclusions that bring cohesion to their theologies. In other words, they have common threads and passages that support their argumentation. Papers should read as one cohesive theological system, not six or seven small ideas strung together without a common thread or rationale.
Dr. Sheard

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