Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The essence of the church (5)

A bit more van Gelder as he explores the nature of the church and the centrality of the cross. This is an ineresting exploration of a narrow understanding of salvation which then supports a narrow understanding of mission.

"Those who make the cross the starting point for their discussion of redemption often find it difficult to see the bigger picture inherent both in creation design and God's redemptive reign as announced by Jesus. Starting with an understanding of the mission of God in the world provides a broader framework for considering the meaning of the cross. The cross is still central within this framework, but its purpose is understood in light of the broader scope of God's mission. Understanding the cross in relation to creation is critical to being able to grasp the full character of the church's ministry in the world." (2000: 130 ff)

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