Biblical Texts on Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 111 - 8111


This unit examines Biblical texts related to mission, which will be drawn from a variety of genres in both the Old and the New Testament.  Consideration is given to literary, historical, contextual, theological and missiological issues.  Students are encouraged to reflect critically on these texts and to think through their implications for contemporary mission.


To examine selected Biblical texts related to mission and mission practice.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·        Identify and evaluate different biblical concepts for mission in today’s world.

Intellectual skills

·        Discuss the missionary character of the Bible

·        Evaluate the mission practice of God’s people throughout biblical history

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Demonstrate basic exegetical skills

·      Apply relevant passages to their personal and church situation

·      (111 only) work constructively in a group


Assessment task


Weighting within unit





1500 words





·         111:


·         8111:

A letter written in groups in class

An essay



2000 words

2000 words





·         111:

·         8111:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.




Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1. Introduction

2. Creation in a missionary context: universalism in the Old Testament (a)

3. Universalism in the Old Testament (b)

4. Old Testament people involved in mission

5. The battle as part of mission

6. The Book of Jonah

7. The Gospels: The Kingdom of God

8. The Gospels: Sent into the world

9. Acts and Mission

10. Letters from the New Testament: the Church’s proclamation in word and deeds

11. The battle and the victory: God reigns

12. Conclusion

13. Review

Teaching method

111 Interactive lectures

8111 Distance learning

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Bauckham, Richard J. (ed.), Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003)

Bosch, David, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Mission (New York: Orbis, 1991)

Glasser, A.F., Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003)

Köstenberger, Andreas J., and O’Brien, P.T., Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Downers Grove: IVP, 2001)

Larkin, William J., and J.F. Williams (eds), Mission in the New Testament: An Evangelical Approach (New York: Orbis, 1998)

Ott, Craig, Stephen J. Strauss and Timothy C. Tennent, Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010)

Peskett, Howard and Vinoth Ramachandra, The Message of Mission: The Glory of Christ in All Time and Space (Leicester: IVP, 2003)

Stott, John R.W., New Issues Facing Christians Today (London: Marshall Pickering, 3rd edn 1999)

Wright, Christopher J.H., The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Leicester: IVP, 2006)

Wright, Christopher J.H., The Mission of God’s People: a Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)

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Biblical Texts on Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 111 - 8111





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