Jesus’s Authority Upholds Missions

Elliot Clark | March 11, 2016

The most dangerous verses in the Bible are the ones we know well. They’re the passages we memorize in Sunday school, preach from the pulpit, reference in books, and yet for which reflective meditation is often difficult.

Joey Shaw’s new book, All Authority: How the Authority of Jesus Upholds the Great Commission, offers a needed corrective to cursory readings of one of Scripture’s most familiar texts—the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18–20). In particular, Shaw seeks to sketch the connections between the commission (v. 19) and the promise (v. 20), and to tether them both to Jesus’s authority (v. 18).

Shaw is the international field office director at Austin Stone Community Church in Texas, where he oversees 100 missionaries sent out from the church. His book draws on his firsthand experiences growing up in Latin America and living and traveling in the Muslim world.

Yet All Authority isn’t another church planting handbook or excursus on a subjective missionary call; it’s a treatise based on the objective bedrock of Jesus’s rights as Lord—his rights to call and commission, to save and secure. 

Exclusive Authority

The book opens in worshipful reflection on the rights of Jesus seen throughout the New Testament, especially the Gospel accounts of his miracles. Shaw connects Jesus’s exclusive authority…

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