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MISSIONS (An Introduction)

TITLE OF BOOK: Biblical Theology Of Missions (An Introduction)

AUTHOR: Jude C. Utah

Number of Pages: 87

Book Reviewer: Daniel .C. Ekeledo

The authors lineage of mission with the activities of the early

disciples gives the practical knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit

through human instrumentality to extend the kingdom of God the rule of

god in the realm of human heart. It is an authentication of the apostles

obedience to the great commission given them by Christ. The central

massage here is for the present church to get fully involved in Gods plan

to sense lost humanity for gods kingdom. According to the author, It is

Gods will that people will come from every tribe, language, nation and

race to inherit His kingdom. Stressing that until this was achieved, the

church cannot settle down for anything else.

Chapter one of the book with focus on the definitions, views and the

rationale behind missions was the first stop taken by the author to drive

home his point. On the other hand, the folding of the grounds and blocks

of missions in chapters two and three respectively was a step in the right


Another area of strength of this work on missions was the outlining

of the different methods that God optioned in chapter four. This was

further buttressed in chapter five with the explicit handling of the whollistic

nature of missions.

In the same vein, chapters six and above with the bearing of the

searchlight on the Pentateuch and theology of missions as well as unveiled

the historical books and theology of missions, among other landmark

issues were desirable methodologies targeted at bringing out the

underlying theme of this work was profoundly ecclesiastical, didactic,

thoughtful and inciting the last chapter on title The Facilitators of

Missions was indeed a standard of measurement for writers in this regard.

The 15 chapter book is an exposition of mission as the central

purpose of god on earth. The essence of this revelation by the author is for

the church to see mission as a strong tool for re-evaluation of its goals and

reason for existence as well as identified the two aspects of the mission


However, there is still room for improvement in the areas of choice of

language, plot arrangement, digital packaging for easy internet posting,

and departure from much emphasis on the historical perspective of

missions to accommodate more contemporary views on the concept of

missions and sundry issues. The book is usually recommended to the

church and the read to public.