Baker Academic Fall 2021 Catalog


APOSTOLIC IMAGINATION Recovering a Biblical Vision for the Church’s Mission Today J. D. Payne In this volume, J. D. Payne encourages the church to recover the apostolic imagination that fueled the multiplication of disciples in the first century. He calls readers to understand grand, contem- porary missiological challenges and to return to the Scriptures for clarity on how the church should consider the Great Commission task. Payne examines the contemporary practice of Western missions and argues that we need a paradigm shift. He advocates a more central place for Scripture in defining missionary language, iden- tity, purpose, function, and strategy and encourages the church to return to an apostolic framework for global disciple making. Payne shows that an apostolic understanding of the church’s disciple-making commission requires rethinking every aspect of missionary engagement. The book includes end-of-chapter dis- cussion questions.

J. D. PAYNE (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian ministry at Samford University. He has published thirteen books in the area of mission and evangelism, pastored churches for nineteen years, and served as a national missionary with the North American Mission Board. Payne hosts the Strike the Match podcast and writes frequently at

FEBRUARY 2022 • 224 pp. • paper $22.99 • 9781540962553


Introduction PART 1: FOUNDATIONS 1. What Is the Apostolic Imagination? 2. Challenges to the Imagination

3. Apostolic Identity in the New Testament 4. Apostolic Function in the New Testament PART 2: RETHINKING CONTEMPORARY MISSIONS

5. Rethinking Language 6. Rethinking Identity 7. Rethinking Priority 8. Rethinking Function 9. Rethinking Location 10. Rethinking Strategy 11. Rethinking the West

Conclusion: A Word to Pastors Indexes




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