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The Mission of the Church

23 Nov

“The church is the only cooperative society in the world which exists for the benefit of its non-members.” Archbishop William Temple

“‘Mission’ arises, then, from the biblical doctrine of the church in the world. If we are not ‘the church,’ the holy and distinct people of God, we have nothing to say because we are compromised. If, on the other hand, we are not ‘in the world,’ deeply involved in its life and suffering, we have no one to serve because we are insulated. Our calling is to be ‘holy’ and ‘worldly’ at the same time. Without this balanced biblical eccelesiology we will never recover or fulfill our mission.” 

Both quotes are taken from Chapter 3, “Evangelism: Mission through the local church,” in The living church: Convictions of a lifelong pastor, by John R. W. Stott

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2008 in Books, Church, Quotes

 

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