The twentieth century has seen a profound renewal in mission thinking shared broadly among Roman Catholics, the Ecumenical movement and the Evangelical movement that understands mission not primarily as one of the tasks of the church, but as the missio Dei, the mission of God, who sends Son and Spirit for the redemption of the world and the renewal of creation. In this overarching perspective, the Bible, from beginning to end, is seen as the story of this mission Dei and the church itself becomes part of the encompassing mission of God. From this perspective, all Christian theological engagement with Africa falls within the scope of the missio Dei and contributes to the understanding and practice of mission. While recognizing that the different aspects of the missio Dei can never be separated or understood separately, this section focuses on the aspects related to the calling of the church to share the Good News of Christ and to call all the nations to become members of the new people of God united in Christ. This section will also include African involvement in mission beyond sub-Saharan Africa itself.
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