Item description for Paul's Understanding of the Church's Mission: Did the Apostle Paul Expect the Early Christian Communities to Evangelize? (Paternoster Biblical Monographs) by Robert L. Plummer...
Overview This book engages in a careful study of Paul's letters to determine if the apostle expected the communities to which he wrote to engage in missionary activity. It helpfully summarizes the discussion on this debated issue, judiciously handling contested texts and provides a way forward in addressing this critical question. While admitting that Paul rarely explicitly commands the communities he founded to evangelize, Plummer amasses significant incidental data to provide a convincing case that Paul did indeed expect his churches to engage in mission activity. Throughout the study, Plummer progressively builds a theological basis for the church's mission that is both distinctively Pauline and compelling.
Publishers Description Did Paul expect his churches to engage in evangelistic activity which mirrored his own? Or have modern readers of the Bible wrongly projected Paul's apostolic passion upon the communities that he founded? Such is the charge of several recent authors, and if their thesis is correct nothing could have larger implications for how the modern church engages in mission.In this book, Robert L. Plummer engages in a careful study of Paul's letters to determine if the apostle expected the communities to which he wrote to engage in outward-directed missionary activity. Plummer helpfully summarizes the discussion to date on the debated issue, judiciously handles contested texts, and provides a way forward in addressing this critical question. While admitting that Paul rarely explicitly commands the communities he founded to evangelize, Plummer amasses significant incidental data to provide a convincing case that Paul did indeed expect his churches to engage in outward-directed missionary activity. Throughout the study, Plummer progressively builds a theological basis for the church's mission that is both compelling and distinctively Pauline.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher AUTHENTIC UK
Series Paternoster Biblical Monographs
ISBN 1842273337 ISBN13 9781842273333
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More About Robert L. Plummer
Robert L. Plummer, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Plummer is the editor of Journeys of Faith (Zondervan, 2012). He has also authored 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (Kregel, 2010), Paul's Understanding of the Church's Mission (Paternoster, 2006), and many other articles and essays. Plummer has served on mission assignments in China, Malaysia, Ghana, Israel, Turkey, India, and Trinidad. He and his wife Chandi have three daughters.
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Relying on the Power of the Gospel Nov 6, 2006
Originally his doctoral dissertation, Plummer presents an articulate argument for Paul's expectation that the church would, in fact, evangelize. Plummer's argument is based on an evaluation a several NT texts. In addition, Plummer examines evidence indicating Paul had an expectation of churches demonstrating an active and a passive witness. In fact, in some respects, the active/passive witness motif in Paul is so interwoven that Plummer contends "our active/passive dichotomy would seem strange to Paul" (105).
Plummer further contends that the dynamic power of the gospel provided Paul a theological basis for expecting that the church would engage in mission (142). Further, he comments that "because the gospel is self-diffusive, when it truly dwells in a congregation, that congregation will experience 'spontaneous expansion,' empowered by God's word and presence" (144-145). Plummer's call for reliance on the Word of God and the power of the gospel is refreshing in a time of such blatant pragmatism.
There is room for further work in this particular area of Plummer's study however; namely, since it appears there are largue numbers of churches in America who are not experiencing "spontaneous expansion," is it because the gospel is not the dynamic power Plummer describes it as being, or because there are large numbers of churches that are empowered by neither God's word nor His presence?