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Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey (Encountering Mission) Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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About the Author

A. Scott Moreau (D.Miss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of missions and intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the general editor of the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. Gary R. Corwin is associate editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly, special representative with SIM (Serving in Mission), and a visiting lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary. Gary B. McGee (Ph.D., St. Louis University) is professor of church history and Pentecostal studies at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
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Product Details

  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; Har/Cdr edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801026482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801026485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin D. Long on November 14, 2005
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This little (350-page) book is a great textbook introduction to missions. It includes 5 sections: encountering missions in the (1) scriptures, (2) history, (3) as a candidate, (4) as a sent one or sender, and (5) in the contemporary world. It includes definitions, grapples with the various mission issues today, and includes some great case studies on things missionaries have to grapple with (e.g. issues an agency faces when its workers have been kidnapped). Anyone considering becoming a candidate for long-term missions should grab a copy of this.
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Recently I used "Introducing World Missions" for the textbook in the world missions course I taught at William Jewell College. My students seemed as pleased with this book as I was. Technical words are clearly defined and the many sidebars and case studies attractively augment the more academic concerns of the book. While the authors are clearly within the evangelical wing of Christianity, they present a balanced account of world missions from the biblical, historical, and practical viewpoints. While I granted this book only four stars in rating it, I don't know of a five star world missions textbook for college students. I recommend the book to anyone looking for a good text for a world missions class--in a college or in a church setting--or for anyone who is interested in reading a good summary of contemporary missiology packaged in an attractive, easy to grasp manner.
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Introducing World Missions tries to do much in one book. The task of introducing the biblical, historical, and practical aspects of missions is a massive enterprise. The best audience for this book is someone who is a believer who hasn't yet carefully studied cross cultural ministry or the idea of "missions" and would like an overview.

Let's get started with the authors' definition of missions, "Missions is a specialized Term. By it I mean the sending forth of authorized persons beyond the borders of the New Testament church and her immediate gospel influence to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in gospel-destitute areas, to win converts from other faiths or non-faiths to Jesus Christ, and to establish functioning, multiplying local congregations who will bear the fruit of Christianity in that community and to that country."

The first section of the book, Encountering Mission in the Scriptures, is a tour of the scriptural content that demonstrates the unstoppable march of God's love for all peoples from creation until the end of the New Testament. God's message of hope and provision of salvation in Christ for all peoples is the summary of the Old and New Testaments.

In the second section, Encountering Missions in History, the authors describe the spread of the gospel throughout history and across the world until today. From the almost imperceptible beginnings of the Christian movement in Jerusalem the authors trace its expansion to become a global faith.

In the third section, Encountering Missions as a Candidate, the authors give practical suggestions to help interested believers discern how to decide to become a missionary, prepare to go, and choose an organization to be sent through.
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This would be a great book for those who want to research a project utilizing scholarly technique. I was and am looking more for a how to book! In some ways the book lends itself to to those individuals that are inclined toward increasing their vocabulary concerning World Mission! I personally am more concerned with proven, tried and true methods that will be of value as I reach out to those of different cultures with the WORD OF GOD! In fairness, the book is definitely Mission oriented and speaks to application principals, but we have to wallow through tons of history and vernacular to get to the meat of the issue!
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Great resource for anyone who wants to learn or teach more about mission, missions, theology and missionary work.Comprehensive and complementary work historical and modern missions. Get trained and motivated to impact the world with mission of Jesus to bring worship of the Trinity throughout the world. Great choice for a Sunday school class, group, and preaching aid. Excellent theology of missions documented.
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This is an excellent text/source for World Missions. I teach World Missions at a Bible School, and this is the second year we've used this text. The CD Rom is also very resourceful. Highly recommended!!!
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By Frank on December 8, 2012
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I was a student of Scott Moreau and as with everything he does this book is written with excellence. It comes from a balanced evangelical perspective and a very good introduction to missiology book for both students, ministers, and laity.
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i like this book because of the simple language,but i was expecting more details about the history of world mission disappointed. But there is an excellent software of world mission...that is the greatest gift i got it as theological student...wonderful really i enjoyed.....Thank you.
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