Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert team up to address the debate regarding the task that the church has been given in the their newest book What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).
Here are a few quotes:
“We believe the church is sent into the world to witness to Jesus by proclaiming the gospel and making disciples of all nations. This is our task. This is our unique and central calling.”
“We cannot re-embody Christ’s incarnational ministry any more than we can repeat his atonement. Our role is to bear witness to what Christ has already done. We are not new incarnations of Christ but his representatives offering life in his name, proclaiming his gospel, imploring others to be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20)”