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Christianity in South and Central Asia$
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Kenneth R. Ross, Daniel Jeyaraj, and Todd M. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439824

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439824.001.0001

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Mission and Evangelism

Mission and Evangelism

(p.351) Mission and Evangelism
Christianity in South and Central Asia

Jacob Kavunkal SVD

Edinburgh University Press

Until the middle of the twentieth century, churches in South and Central Asia were operating from a Western concept of mission: namely, saving souls by proclaiming the gospel. However, since the last quarter of the twentieth century, the kingdom paradigm provided a vision focused on an earth of mutual respect. It tells the story of the gospel transforming subhuman conditions. Mission is not directly church growth but rather, a vibrant kingdom reality. Prophetic mission is not a task than a vocation, dismantling not so much religious differences as the structures of dehumanisation, not confined to the ordained ministry. Missions is movement toward the periphery, with paternalistic mission giving way to a collective evangelism that reminds the church of its pilgrim nature. For Asian Christians, acknowledging the role of other religions is an invitation to follow Christ in his mission of the divine reign amidst a plurality of religions. However, when it comes to an explicit faith in the Lord Jesus, churches face discrimination and persecution. The churches of South and Central Asia are involved in mission not only with a sense of being sent by God but also as participating in God’s self reaching out.

Keywords:   Mission, Christianity, Asian, Kingdom, Interreligious, Periphery, Marginalized

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