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Book Review: “Mission Matters: Love says Go”

Book Review by Scott Doran-Sargent 

Chester, Tim. 2015. Mission Matters: Love says GoLondon: IVP 

Mission Matters: Love Says Go has been a staple offering on our CMS Tasmania conference bookstalls for a few years now.    

Chester argues that mission is from everywhere to everywhere. Therefore, his focus is not exclusively on what CMS prioritises—long-term cross-cultural mission. However, Chester does say that mission priority should be sending missionaries to places where only a tiny proportion of people have heard the gospel. This reflects our CMS mission to reach gospel-poor peoples. Today about two-thirds of our workers serve in such locations. 

Chester reminds us that mission starts, ends and continues in God. He gives four biblical truths to prevent us from falling into despair when mission is hard or seemingly unfruitful

Chester’s emphasis on local and global mission means that every part of his book helps us better support those who go long-term to the ends of the earth, while also encouraging and equipping us to reach our workmates, neighbours, friends, and families.  

Chester reminds us that mission starts, ends and continues in God. He gives four biblical truths to prevent us from falling into despair when mission is hard or seemingly unfruitful: 

God is gracious – so we don’t have to prove ourselves. 

God is glorious – so we don’t have to fear others. 

God is great – so we don’t have to be in control.  

God is good – so we don’t have to look elsewhere. 

Chester believes in wholeness in mission, where we love and care for the whole person by living and displaying our Christianity in all aspects of life: “Mission is love in action” and “central to mission must be the proclamation of Christ”. 

Mission Matters is practical, helpful, and accessible to a broad audience of people interested in joining God’s unfolding and unstoppable mission.