This paper intends to find missiological implications that the biblical origin of social holiness has for the church’s mission. In order to accomplish this purpose, this paper, first, identifies the biblical origin of social holiness in the Old Testament narrative and its development in the New Testament narrative. Then, the relationship between the image of God in Genesis 1 and the development of social holiness in the biblical narrative will be discussed. Lastly, in light of the biblical origin of social holiness, missiological implications for the church’s mission are suggested. The thesis of this paper is that social holiness- as a biblical concept that is theocentric, relational, and missional in nature- provides a biblical framework for the church to integrate different dimensions of its holistic mission. In conclusion, this paper suggests that the church’s mission, in light of the biblical origin of social holiness, is both social and spiritual, involves the whole life of the church (both being and doing), is shaped by the grace of God, and includes creation care.
Cho, Ban Seok
"The Nature of the Church's Mission in LIght of the Biblical Origin of Social Holiness,"
The Asbury Journal:
2, p. 104-133.
Available at: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol73/iss2/13