Mission in Action: A Biblical Description Of Missional Ethics
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Missional ethics is concerned with the way in which the believing community’s behaviour is, in and of itself, a witness to the wisdom and goodness of God. The debate surrounding the relationship between word and deed, or evangelism and social action, remains a significant issue within evangelical missiology.
Martin Salter seeks to address one aspect of that debate – namely, the missional significance of ethics – by conducting detailed exegesis of key biblical texts. He argues that biblical ethics is neither entirely separate from, nor merely preparatory for, mission – rather, it is an integral part of the church’s mission.
Missional ethics is a theme that arises from the biblical texts and is not imposed on them. The church as both organism and institution embody a missional ethic that includes worship, justice, and charity. Word and deed belong together as an integral whole. Salter’s valuable study concludes by offering a definition of missional ethics.
There has been much discussion in recent years about being missional – about missional church, missional identity, missional living. In Mission in Action Martin Salter provides a rich exploration of this theme by examining key biblical texts. The result is not only a robust exegetical foundation for missional ethics, but also a sharper definition of the missional task of God’s people. Plus en route Mission in Action brims with exegetical insights. I warmly commend it to anyone interested in the theological underpinnings of missional church.
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