Having spent the last month or two walking through the story of Scripture, biblical theology is fresh on my mind. Seeking then to strike while the iron is hot, I’d like to spend the next series of posts relating this great Scripture narrative to some subjects that are always on the mind of any respectable tolerated sojourner: namely, that of mission and cultural engagement.
In order for the mission to prosper, the church needs sound doctrine. This is obvious. This is vital. That said, the church also needs to be culturally engaged, lest it face the various forms of parochialism that have plagued it for the last two millennia. The church needs missiology. It needs to bring theology to bear on the matter of cultural engagement, or mission will suffer.
But to get sound missiology, you first need sound biblical theology. That is to say, the story of Scripture must be the source of our information about the mission of God. If we don’t let the biblical story inform our mission, we are in great danger of creating our own one.
In the next few posts then, I plan on taking yet another walk through redemptive history, this time focusing mainly on the idea of the way that God’s people have been brought to interact with the world around them. From this I’ll elaborate on what I mean when I say that biblical theology informs our missiology (and indeed, our philosophy of cultural engagement). Finally, I hope to tie some of these ideas together by way of implication and application, as we think about way that the Biblical story impacts our mission as tolerated sojourners. At the end then, I hope we’ll agree that the story of Scripture indeed does offer us the clear means by which we may know the will of God on this matter of theology, mission and cultural engagement.