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The Holy Spirit and the Church’s Mission: The Perspective of the Reformed Confessions

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This chapter demonstrates a proper reading of the confessions, and shows that the confessions do not lack in passion for evangelism when evangelism is understood as the propagation of the gospel of salvation and the church's evangelistic mission as the mission of the church in propagating and proclaiming the gospel. The mission of the church originates in God and it is primarily the activity of God through the church; it is the mission of God, the Missio Dei. The Reformed confessions teach that God employs human agency to propagate the gospel to generations of humankind across all ages and places. The confessions place proper emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit in the whole enterprise of gospel and thus the church's mission. The Holy Spirit actively works in both the preaching of the gospel and the living testimony of believers.

Keywords: church's mission; God; holy spirit; Missio Dei; reformed confessions



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