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The Gospel of our king : Bible, worldview, and the mission of every Christian / Bruce Riley Ashford and Heath A. Thomas.
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Grand Rapids : Baker Publishing Group, 2019.
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xii, 208 pages ; 22 cm.
Creation: God the king and his good creation -- Fall: human sin and its aftermath -- Redemption: covenant and kingdom -- Redemption: new covenant and consummated kingdom -- Interlude: worldview, Gospel, and mission -- A theological mission: radical monotheism for a secular age -- A social mission: relational monotheism for an individualistic age -- A cultural mission: restorational monotheism for a decadent age -- An international mission: realized monotheism for a global age.
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This accessible overview shows how the Bible--with its 66 books, dozens of authors, and multiple genres--comes together to provide an overarching story about God the King and explains how the Christian gospel and mission address the totality of human life.

Written by a biblical scholar and a theologian, The Gospel of Our King shows how any account of gospel and mission can only be understood in light of the whole biblical testimony. The authors help us understand the Bible's overarching narrative as the story that encompasses everything. This story, revealed by God and centered on Jesus the King, enables us to know and love God and to fulfill his purpose for our lives. It is the framework within which we come to understand the Christian worldview, the Christian gospel, and the Christian mission. When we understand how the whole Bible fits together to shape the totality of a Christian's life, we will be prepared to show the goodness of Christ and the gospel to others in our personal, social, cultural, and global contexts.

Author Notes

Bruce Riley Ashford (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is provost, dean of the faculty, and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been featured on NPR, Fox News , and The Gospel Coalition and in the New York Times and USA Today .

Heath A. Thomas (PhD, University of Gloucestershire) is dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, associate vice president for church relations, and professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He has authored or edited a number of books, including A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation .

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Ashford (Every Square Inch), professor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and Thomas (A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation), professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, team up for this introductory yet sweeping Bible study. Starting with the account of creation in Genesis, the authors explain how humans were made for the purpose of communing with God, why the Communion was fractured with the fall, and God's plan for redemption-which they define as setting "right what is wrong in the world." The book outlines six divine covenants laid out in the Old Testament that lead to the words and works of Jesus: "Jesus is the full realization of all the major symbols and stories of the Old Testament." Finally, the authors delve into what it means to live as a Christian today, addressing the social, theological, and global missions of the modern Christian. The authors argue that Christians should fight against a "narcissistic culture" dominated by "individual autonomy," defend the divinity of Christ, and ("addressing specifically Western Christians") spread the gospel globally. While Ashford and Thomas's scope is impressive, covering so much ground so briefly might disorient Christians without a firm biblical training. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Creation: God the King and His Good Creationp. 11
2 Fall: Human Sin and Its Aftermathp. 31
3 Redemption: Covenant and Kingdomp. 51
4 Restoration: New Covenant and Consummated Kingdomp. 77
5 Interlude: Worldview, Gospel, and Missionp. 97
6 A Theological Mission: Radical Monotheism for a Secular Agep. 113
7 A Social Mission: Relational Monotheism for an Individualistic Agep. 132
8 A Cultural Mission: Restorational Monotheism for a Decadent Agep. 151
9 A Global Mission: Realized Monotheism for an international Agep. 180
Scripture Indexp. 203
Subject Indexp. 207