Master of Arts (MA)
functional, image of God, imago Dei, missiology, mission, mission of God
Christianity | Missions and World Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Hubbard, Gary, "The Impact of a Functional Understanding of the Image of God on Mission" (2014). Masters Theses. 348.
The purpose of this thesis is to apply the work of biblical scholars regarding the functional image of God to the mission of the Church in order to argue for a comprehensive understanding of mission. By demonstrating continuity between God's creation purposes for humanity and his post-Fall work among his people, this study will seek to demonstrate that the Lord has always desired that his image bearers participate in the missio Dei. Furthermore, by explaining how Christ restores the imago Dei in the Church, this work will show that the mission of the Church is comprehensive, involving active participation in the missio Dei as God's agents in the world.