Monday Night Book Club

What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission
October 5 - 26, 2020

Christians today define mission more broadly and variably than ever before. Some argue that the mission of the Church is to confront injustice and alleviate suffering, doing more to express God’s love for the world. Others are concerned that the church is in danger of losing its God-centeredness and thereby emphasize the proclamation of the gospel. 
It appears as though misunderstanding of mission persists.
Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert believe there is a lot that evangelicals can agree on if only we employ the right categories and build our theology of mission from the same biblical building blocks. Explaining key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, DeYoung and Gilbert help us to get on the same page―united by a common cause―and launch us forward into the true mission of the church.​
Pat Ennis will facilitate this highly interactive, non-lecture, 75-minute ZOOM Book Club. Content of the discussion will be based on each participant sharing one meaningful insight from each of the two chapters assigned for the week ideally relevant to issues they are facing in this season of life.  Each time will end in prayer. 


Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 7:30-8:45pm

Where: Zoom (registration limited to 12 people)

Book: What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, available here.

RSVP: Pat Ennis at to receive the Zoom link



Week 1

  • Chapter 2 - What in the World Does Jesus Send Us Into the World To Do?

  • Chapter 3 - The Whole Story:  Seeing the Biblical Narrative from the Top of Golgotha

Week 2 

  • Chapter 4 - Are We Missing the Whole Gospel?

  • Chapter 5 - Kings and Kingdoms

Week 3

  • Chapter 6 - Making Sense of Social Justice: Exposition

  • Chapter 7 - Making Sense of Social Justice: Application

Week 4 

  • Chapter 9 - Zealous for Good Works

  • Chapter 10 - The Great Commission Mission

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