The Mission of God and the Witness of the Church

By Justin A. Schell, Series edited by Dane C. Ortlund, Miles V. Van Pelt

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A Canonical Journey to Explore the Mission of the Eternal God

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). This declarative phrase introduces fundamental questions circling the minds of skeptics and believers of Christianity alike. What was God’s mission when he chose to create? And why, through the Savior’s death on the cross and the witness of his church, does he continue to redeem the very creation that rebels against him?

To answer these imperative questions, author Justin Schell takes readers on a canonical journey exploring the mission of the eternal God—Father, Son, and Spirit. Drawing insights from creation, the exodus of God’s people, the suffering servant, the Great Commission, and consummation, this book examines the purpose and beauty of God’s great story. It is out of an abundance of love that God brings us into union with him, calling his church to bear witness to all that has been done in Christ, until the day that he returns.  

  • Explores the Mission of God: Takes readers on a canonical journey to examine the purpose and beauty of God’s story 
  • Academic yet Accessible: Perfect for pastors, college and seminary students, missionaries, and lay leaders
  • Short Studies in Biblical Theology: Part of a series designed to give readers accessible volumes on God’s word. Other volumes include Sanctification as Set Apart and Growing in ChristThe Sabbath as Rest and Hope for the People of God; and more 


Justin A. Schell

Justin A. Schell (MAR and MAME, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the US Director for Union, a ministry that seeks the reformation of Christ’s church worldwide. He is also the Director of Executive Projects for the Lausanne Movement and has served cross-culturally in the Muslim world. 

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 7.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8158-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8158-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433581588
Case Quantity: 72
Published: June 25, 2024

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mission of God

Chapter 1: The God of Mission
Chapter 2: Mission in the Garden
Chapter 3: Father of All Nations
Chapter 4: Yahweh Saves
Chapter 5: Land and Exile
Chapter 6: The Great Commission
Chapter 7: The Church on Mission
Chapter 8: Mission and Consummation