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God's New Social Gospel
God's New Social Gospel
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Churches with front doors that open up mission fields rather than buildings.

When Christians answer the clarion call to be missional, too often it is primarily to feel good or to grow in their own faith. But ultimately we remain unsatisfied because, in the end, it’s still about “me”—my church, my faith, my salvation. Then sometimes inspiration dries up. We forget that Jesus is the head of the Church, which exists at God’s pleasure and disposal. God is birthing a new Social Gospel, meant to reclaim mission and justice ministries as prime directives for the Church, and not with the naive thinking of the 19th or 20th centuries. What are the characteristics of this new Social Gospel?

There is an expectation that mission is “with” and not “for” others. There is an acknowledgement that tolerance is not a dirty word and we have to find a peaceable way to live in our intercultural world. It carries the Wesleyan impulse to change the world by working to build God’s kingdom in this world. It offers the grace and salvation of Christ to those in need, believing that none are free unless all are free. It means that we feed the hungry, educate to poor, and equip the powerless in tangible ways.

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Churches with front doors that open up mission fields rather than buildings.

Gated communities. Our culture loves them. So do some churches…inward facing churches. Author Leonard Sweet says that if your church’s mission statement is based on how to get more people to come to church, you have an inward facing church. Outward facing churches? They don’t measure success by seating capacity, but by sending capacity. They understand that Christianity is not impervious to cultural influences and that tolerance is not a dirty word. Outward facing churches are today’s emerging churches—missional churches. They’re discovering that for things to remain the same they must change, and, in fact, that it takes a “we” to make a “me.”


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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781426757761
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426757761
    • Binding Type: Adhesive - Perfect Binding
    • Language of Text: English
    • Publication Date: 09/16/2014
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Leonard Sweet
    • Page Count: 184
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 0.50 inches
    • Length: 8.80 inches
    • Weight: 9.60 pounds
    • SKU: 9781426786372
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426786372
    • Publication Date: 09/16/2014
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Leonard Sweet
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
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