I’m taking a missions and ecclesiology class this semester. Below is part of the first section titled “God in Action” for my paper. Thoughts?:
pt. 1: God is specifically present (i.e. incarnation, pneumatology) in human history (Abraham, Israel, David, Jesus).
pt. 2: This is understood as a gift.
pt. 3: This first gift, that continues in plenitude, enables us to give. The specific/particular instance of divine gift is meant for more than those who first receive.
pt. 4: This economy of giving allows us to exist/participate within the mission of God proceeding from the inner Trinitarian life.
In other words, the specific or particular in the incarnational way of God working in human history empowers humanity to respond to the cosmos in gift. And for those of you wondering about the upshot of this, there are many — one is that this is part of an answer for why, to put it bluntly, the Christ was a Jew 2,000 years ago, and another is that it is the proper, under girding logic for missions (as opposed to the neo-colonialism of neo-liberal economic theory and its globalization).