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How the Church Fulfills the Mission of Christ
Written by Brian J. Tabb
“The church’s mission does not begin with the Great Commission, but is integrally related to the grand storyline of Scripture.”
Did the Old Testament simply point to the coming of Christ and his saving work, or is there more to the story? After his resurrection, the Lord Jesus revealed how his suffering, glory, and mission plan for the nations are in fact central to the biblical story of redemption.
After Emmaus shows how Christology and missiology are integrally connected throughout Scripture, especially in the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. Brian Tabb explains what Luke 24:46–47 reveals about God’s messianic promises in the Old Testament, their fulfillment in the New Testament, and the purpose of the church. By understanding Jesus’s last words to his disciples, Christians today will be motivated to participate in the Messiah’s mission.
“As the debate continues over the nature of the church’s mission, Brian Tabb points us to Jesus’s own words. Tabb argues that, in Luke 24:44–47, Jesus provides the hermeneutical lens by which we may clearly see how he fulfills Old Testament messianic prophecies so that we may courageously proclaim the saving message of the Scriptures. This is how the risen Christ accomplishes his mission―through Spirit-empowered witnesses who spread his message to the ends of the earth. If you long to see Jesus exalted as the promised Messiah and worshiped among all peoples, read After Emmaus. It will not only encourage you to be a faithful witness, but will also lead you to greater confidence in God’s progressive, unified revelation about Jesus, the suffering and vindicated servant who is the hope of the nations.” -Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
“By divine design, the mission of Christ has become our mission. Embedded in the purpose and power of Christ’s death and resurrection is his own mission through us. In After Emmaus, Brian Tabb pens a much-needed, rich, and rewarding missional reading of Luke-Acts (along with Matthew, John, Romans, and Peter)―not as an interpretive interest imposed on the Old and New Testaments, but as a hermeneutical mandate rooted in Scripture’s own self-interpretive authority. Navigating exegesis with the dexterity of a master surgeon and the delight of a disciple of Christ, Tabb makes an illumining exegetical and biblical-theological case that Christ’s ‘witnesses are…an extension of the risen Lord’s own activity.’ After Emmaus will inform your mind, rejoice your heart, and (re)ignite your resolve unto that divinely appointed privilege: to proclaim Christ with courage and clarity.” - ―David B. Garner, Academic Dean, Vice President of Global Ministries, and Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
Paperback, 272 pages, notes, bibliography, General Index, Scripture Index
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