Acts and Mission 100

Forum.jpgIf I had to summarize Paul’s gospel, I’d use Luke’s last scene in Acts, and I would suggest this text summarizes the missional theology of Paul in the Book of Acts:

28:30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction.

Paul’s gospel is summed up in two expressions: kingdom of God and Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel is about the society where God’s people do God’s reigning will and embody his will in a redemptive way, particularly for Paul now in contrast to the Roman empire’s way of doing things. And, the gospel is all about Jesus, the one from Nazareth; that Jesus is the Messiah, which sums up the entire plan of God through Israel’s Story; and that Messiah Jesus is now the crucified and resurrected and ruling Lord, no matter what kind of statues and cult are being worshiped and observed in the Roman forum — Paul’s gospel, then, strikes at the core of what makes Rome tick, and it strikes into that with force and power through the power of the Spirit.


Missional theology is tied up with these themes: it’s about what God is doing in this world, and what God is doing is redeeming, rescuing, and re-establishing power through and under the life, death, resurrection and ruling exaltation of Jesus, Christ, and Lord.
About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • T

    Scot,
    Amen! This passage does sum up Paul’s gospel message (and for that matter, Luke’s). The reign of God (his ways, his ends, his community, his love, etc.) has come & is coming to the world through the Lord Jesus Christ–and not just his death, but also his (ongoing) life, Spirit and unfolding reign. All the good he did, does and will do as King. Good stuff. The best stuff!
    The gospel isn’t proclaiming Jesus OR kingdom, it’s King AND kingdom. It’s the ultimate both/and. And it’s as much good news now as it’s ever been.

  • http://www.jeremyberg.org Jeremy Berg

    Great series. I will return to it again and again as I study Acts and mission.


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