Measures of the Mission: A Survey of the Bible, Church, and Family
The Whole Gospel for the Whole of Life
Written as a guide for Christians seeking to understand the distinctives of a Bible-centered church, Measures of the Mission shows how the coming of the king affects our understanding of the kingdom story (the Bible), kingdom central (the church), and kingdom living (culture and vocation).
The gospel of the kingdom is not just about how the story of your individual life can have a happy ending, it’s about how God is bringing in a new heavens and a new earth, filled with His glory, so that the story of the whole cosmos has a happy ending.
Measures of the Mission seeks to help us understand our story revealed in Scripture by answering questions like:
Bible: What is the gospel? How does six-day creation affect our lives? What happened at Pentecost? What happened in AD 70?
Church: Why is the church necessary? What is the free exercise of religion? How do we disciple? How should we order our worship services?
Christian Life: What is justification? What is a Christian view of singleness? Of marriage? How do we parent? How do we work as employees, or love our neighbor?
In order to recover the kingdom, we must understand our own story. In order to live out the kingdom, we must see the church’s place at the center of the kingdom. And if we are going to transform the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of God, we must understand how to live out our kingdom citizenship in everyday life. Faithful kingdom living in our vocations brings us full circle, back to God’s original purposes for creation and humanity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RICH LUSK is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (CREC) in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has served since 2004. He has previous pastoral experience at churches in Monroe, Louisiana and Austin, Texas. He has written a number of position papers, articles, and book contributions, and is a regular conference speaker in various venues. He is the author of Paedofaith: A Primer on the Mystery of Infant Salvation and a Handbook for Covenant Parents and co-author of Under His Wings: The Gospel According to Ruth and The Reluctant Prophet: Jonah Through New Eyes (both with Uri Brito). He and his wife, Jenny, have four grown children. Rich has a B.S. from Auburn University and an M.A. from the University of Texas.