Some five years ago OMF leadership made a decision to reformulate our mission statement with the goal “not to change or review our mission but to in order to better express it and explain it.” And whether we read the old statement that proclaimed the Fellowship exists “To glorify God by the urgent evangelization of East Asia’s millions” or the new one that declares “We share the good news of Jesus Christ in all its fullness with East Asia’s peoples to the glory of God,” the center is the revelation of God’s glory through the proclamation of the gospel. The connection between God’s glory and the preaching of the gospel is significant. God is glorified as the gospel is preached and as it is believed. For this reason, it is essential that we know what the gospel is, how it is good news for people today, and how it can be rightly shared in our context.
During the first week of June 2019, OMF held its sixth Mission Research Consultation on the theme “Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in All its Fullness” and discussed how it impacts our ministry. Four of the major papers from the Consultation form the bulk of this issue of Mission Round Table, each one pushing our understanding of the gospel in a slightly different direction.
The articles in this latest edition are: