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Preaching and the Mission of God

David R. Fields

In an age divided and skeptical, when the true Christian story is often unknown or deeply misunderstood, how do we even begin to share the news of Jesus? And how might preaching in a local church both equip God's people for their missional task and speak in a way that a weary world can hear and even rejoice in? The answer begins with seeing the Bible as a document developed in a missionary context for a missionary purpose. This book starts there. It begins by examining the Bible as a document of mission that needs to be interpreted through a missional lens. It then moves to offer a mission-shaped vision for preaching and the needed tools for contextualizing the gospel in our post-Christendom setting. You'll find short, accessible chapters with personal reflection questions as well as three group discussion sections, ideal for either a classroom setting, a preaching team in a local church, or a preacher's guild.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publish Date: Mar 16th, 2023
  • Pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.50in - 0.94lb
  • EAN: 9781666755428
  • Categories: Christian Ministry - Preaching

About the Author

Fields, David R.: - David R. Fields is lead pastor at Summit Drive Church in Kamloops (British Columbia, Canada) where he lives with his wife Kathryn and their two sons. He was educated at UNBC (BSc), McMaster (MDiv), and Acadia (DMin). He is called to follow Jesus, help people find new life in him, and to equip God's people as they participate in God's mission.

Praise for this book

"David Fields is an accomplished preacher and teacher who has a well-formed missional theology. In this wise and practical book, he brings this perspective to bear on a task that is both ancient (preaching the story of God's love) and very contemporary (preaching after the demise of Christendom). This volume will be helpful to students just beginning to learn how to preach and to experienced pastors learning to preach anew in a vastly changed world."

--Thomas G. Long, professor emeritus of preaching, Candler School of Theology



"David Fields has written an accessible and interactive book about preaching that combines theory and practice in an engaging way. He provides practical helps for writing a sermon, but first he takes us on a journey of transformation through a missional hermeneutic that reorients us to the Bible as a story of God's redeeming work in which we locate our sermons, to the gospel that shapes us as faithful witnesses, and to the post-Christian context in which we preach. It is challenging, inspiring, and thought-provoking."

--Cynthia Long Westfall, associate professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College



"Preaching and the Mission of God is theologically rich, yet rooted in pastoral experience. David Fields illumines a path for practitioners of preaching that steers clear of superficiality and shortcuts. Instead, we are invited into the life of the Holy Trinity, revealed in Jesus Christ 'according to the Scriptures.' This is a must-read for preachers from all Christian traditions."

--Matthew Francis, parish priest, Holy Apostles Orthodox Church