The Great Story and the Great Commission

Participating in the Biblical Drama of Mission

series: Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology

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In The Great Story and the Great Commission, Christopher Wright explains that how we read the Bible has a profound impact on how we understand what mission is. According to Wright, "People read (and preach) the Bible in tiny bits and pieces, for its promises or rules or doctrines, and fail to take it . . . as the true story of the universe, past, present, and future, within the plan and purposes of God--a story in which we are called to participate as coworkers with God."

Wright encourages us to explore the Bible's grand narrative and to bring "the whole counsel of God" in Scripture to our understanding of who we are and what we must do as God's people. He helps us understand mission in its broadest sense, including our creational responsibilities, by exploring the question, "How does our purposeful activity as God's people in God's world reflect the breadth of God's own intentions for his whole creation and all nations?" Wright's goal is to get readers excited about the dramatic vista of the whole Bible and to help them understand the breadth and depth of missional engagement that they are called to live as actors in that drama.

This book will appeal to professors and students of the Bible and mission as well as pastors, lay theologians, and other Christian readers.

1. A Missional Hermeneutic of Scripture
2. The Great Story as a Drama in Seven Acts
3. What Does the Great Story Do?
4. The Great Commission and the Five Marks of Mission
5. Building the Church through Evangelism and Teaching
6. Serving Society through Compassion and Justice
7. The Goodness and Glory of Creation
8. The Goal of Creation
9. The Great Story, the Great Commission, and the Church's Mission


"Chris Wright is one of a handful of authors about whom I tell my students to read everything they have written. Trained as an Old Testament scholar, Chris works across biblical studies and missiology, an exceptionally fertile crossroads and one that few have the skill set to execute as well as he does. Chris has long thought, taught, and written about the issues he deals with in this book, and the reader is gifted with the results of all that hard work in comparatively short compass. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!"

Craig Bartholomew, director, Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology, Cambridge

"Wright takes us deep into the movement of God in history, the divine drama acted out on behalf of the cosmos, and invites us to breathe in it. Inhabiting God's story does not mean finding our chronological place in it; rather, it means being able to experience any act of this grand plot, from creation to new creation, at any given moment of our lives. What kind of person participates in and is formed by this narrative? is the question that Wright provokes with this foundational book."

Myrto Theocharous, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Greek Bible College

The Author

  1. Christopher J. H. Wright

    Christopher J. H. Wright

    Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, University of Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, a ministry founded by John Stott that is committed to strengthening the Majority World church. He taught Old Testament at Union...

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