Monday, September 15, 2008

The Essence of the Church (3)

While exploring the essence of church unsuprisingly the theme of the Reign of God comes into play. Van Gelder pulls out some key themes in what he calls God's redemptive reign.

  • This reign reflects creation design
  • This reign anticipates the new heavens and new earth
  • This reign defeated the principalities and powers
  • This reign was demonstrated in Jesus' life and ministry
  • This reign brings redeemed life to all the created powers
  • This reign anticipated the church as creation of the Spirit pp102

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