Challenging Western Christians and Their Neighbours

Be Participants in the Mission of Jesus, At Home and Abroad

By Steven Paas

Challenging Western Christians and Their Neighbours

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  • ISBN: 9781725275843
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 5/14/2020
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Challenging Western Christians and Their Neighbours

Be Participants in the Mission of Jesus, At Home and Abroad

By Steven Paas

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  • ISBN: 9781725275843
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 5/14/2020
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80
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About-

This concise study searches for what is needed to awaken or strengthen the faltering missionary consciousness of Western Christians with regard to their own environment. In Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit, the whole missionary enterprise of God, the missio Dei, started and continues; by him and his Holy Spirit it will also be accomplished and finished. All Christians are meant by Jesus to be participants in his mission. The apostles had to start at home, in Jerusalem, Judea, and Galilee. Consequently, for today’s Christians participation in the mission of Jesus expresses itself in their relationship with people next door, those who are not religious, and those who are of other religions and cultures. The mission field is in our direct vicinity, where we daily meet the people we may know.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Dr. Steven Paas, a former missionary to Malawi, succinctly presents a brilliant missiology for Western Christians, many of whom are locked up in a neo-colonialistic concept of missions. Paas shows that any kind of superiority thinking damages the missiological essence of the church, and the biblical impact on mission. He encourages Western Christians and their neighbors of other (non-)religious and cultural backgrounds to be obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission.”

—Willem-Henri den Hartog, Coordinator, GZB, southern Africa; pastor, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Malawi



“Steven Paas has won his spurs in the fields of mission and evangelism. As a theologian and as a thoroughbred missionary and evangelist, he knows what he is talking about. He discusses serious theoretical and practical missiological questions, for example regarding the themes of election and general reconciliation. What obstacles hinder us to engage in the practice of mission and evangelism? What do the Scriptures say about these matters? Firmly, Paas points out an accessible way. He offers biblical reflection and encourages to further study.”

—Jan van ’t Spijker, Assistant Professor of Missiology and Evangelism, Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands



“Steven Paas provides wise reflections on Christian mission drawn from decades of mission and evangelism experience. He guides the reader through the biblical foundation for missions, objections to missions, and how to overcome individual and corporate obstacles to effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with non-Christians. Highly recommended.”

Alexander E. Stewart, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament, Tyndale Theological Seminary, The Netherlands



“God has called the church of Christ to be his servant in the missio Dei. Once Christians have realized that the tri-une God himself is the driving power of this missionary movement in the world, they can never again have a narrow view of the church. Such an understanding changes the concepts of pastoral care, diaconate, catechetical instruction, preaching and—even—of the budget of the congregation. I am warning those who prefer to close their eyes to the outside world and retreat to their own familiar congregational or denominational corner. This book will disquiet them.”

—Peter L. D. Visser, missionary pastor and consultant

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Steven Paas

Bio(s)-

Steven Paas is a theologian and a linguist. He published about European and African church history, mission, the phenomenon of Israelism or Christian Zionism in the interpretation of biblical prophecy, and the lexicography of Chichewa, a widely spoken language in Central Africa.

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