Review of The Jesus Mission

I will admit that I was a bit skeptical of The Jesus Mission by Steven K. Scott after I read Steven’s biography on the dust jacket cover. I thought, “What could an entrepreneur have to say about the mission of Jesus in this world?” What I found in the pages that followed was an insightful, Bible based discussion on what Jesus came to do while on this earth. Though not a what one would call a scholarly work (I don’t think it was intended to be) Steven was very thorough in his treatment of the texts and the overall mission of Jesus.

I appreciated the ease of read. This book is very understandable for anyone from a leadership position to new church member. This book would provide excellent discussion for a small group.

He approaches the subject, first of all, by starting with our relationship with God and what He desires in a relationship with us, intimacy. We often try to do the mission of God the way we want, and that is a recipe for disaster.

Once Steven established our need for intimacy with God, he then looked at the missions that Jesus left for us to do, namely pursue Him and help others find a pursue Him. Jesus couldn’t completely finish the work, there were things that only we can do once He went on to heaven. Jesus did/does all the heavy lifting, it is our job to finish the work. Steven acknowledges that though it is the God’s work and He assists us, it is not always easy as road blocks and obstacles get in our way and prevent us from some success. He helps us understand why these obstacles get in our way and ways to overcome them.

Finally, Steven presents to us the, in a Biblical survey style, a list of missions that Jesus completed on earth and after He went back to heaven. When we begin to look at *all* that Jesus did on earth (Steven lists 27 missions He completed), it makes the list of what is left for us appear quite small and doable.

As I said, the book was an easy read and would be a benefit to anyone wanting a comprehensive view of the mission of Jesus while on earth and what is left to us as His followers.

As a matter of critique, some of the missions do seem to overlap, in so doing he tried to point out the nuanced difference in the mission. It may have been easier to combine a few of the missions to avoid this overlap.

Overall a really good book for anyone wanting to know more about what Jesus came to earth to accomplish and what He wants to accomplish through us.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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~ by mikefoster on October 17, 2012.

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