n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Paul and the mission of the church




This article first surveys how David Bosch describes the involvement of early Christian congregations in the spread of the Gospel in his chapter on Paul's mission in . This is followed by a survey of Paul's expectation of different kinds of support from local congregations for his own missionary endeavour (including prayer and the provision of funds and co-workers). A further section examines Paul's expectations regarding active congregational involvement in evangelism (including exemplary conduct, charitable behaviour toward all people and active verbal evangelism). The author argues that Bosch's description of Paul's mission paradigm might be supplemented: the church is missionary by its very nature and by its various activities in supporting Paul's mission and its own involvement in evangelism. The article closes with implications of the Pauline portrayal for the mission of the church today.


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