Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mission and all that...

It's been a while...

So I'm in Birmingham now studying for my Masters in Theol and doing the Associate D.Y.O. thing part time. It's been a great 2 months but the novelty is finally wearing off. I'm seriously considering what my purpose is here at the moment. Here's what I started off with...

Study Old Testament, learn lots of stuff, teach young people Old Testament, its significance as part of God's great story which reaches its climax in Jesus and to equip young people with the "so what now?" part.

I must admit that I have learnt a couple of new things but I think God spoke last night, and I think that I'm being pulled into the arena of seeing the study of Theology as part of the Church's Mission. Specifically I believe I may be needing to orient myself, my essays, my future preaching and teaching to help young people understand that Mission is not an additional extra to Church life or discipleship but as Michael Frost suggests, it is the foundational template upon which the Church needs to focus its life upon, including worship, discipleship and its call to rescue the world in and through the name of Jesus.

So maybe for now, I will concentrate on 'salvation' and 'mission' within the Old Testament (I can never learn enough I guess), but I get the feeling that my work will eventually be a more holistically biblically theological approach.