Monday, October 15, 2007

Bosch: Christians true identity is found in mission

Christians find their true identity when they are involved in mission, in communicating to others a new way of life, a new interpretation of reality and of God and in committing themselves to the liberation of others. A missionary community is one that understands itself as being both different from and committed to its environment; it exists within its context in a way which is both winsome and challenging.

David J. Bosch. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. New York: Orbis Books, 1991. p.8


Joshua said...

That's a great quote. I think there is a necessary balance between being involved in an enviornment as a misionary, and understanding that you have differences. All too often missionaries go into a place to bring their culture to the people rather then bringing Christ. Savage or otherwise, Christ alone can change the hearts of men, not culture.

Joey said...

Hi Joshua,

Thanks for dropping by. I couldn't agree more to your response to the quote. I am not able to continue reading Bosch at this point, but I believe in the late part of the book I might find out that he actually would affirm your stand here.