Covenant, Community, and the Spirit: A Trinitarian Theology of Church
:This comprehensive textbook by a well-respected Reformed theologian brings together two perennial issues in Christian theology: the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and ecclesiology. It demonstrates the importance of the Holy Spirit in empowering the being and mission of the...
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:This comprehensive textbook by a well-respected Reformed theologian brings together two perennial issues in Christian theology: the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and ecclesiology. It demonstrates the importance of the Holy Spirit in empowering the being and mission of the church and shows how the church's identity and calling are embedded in the larger covenantal purposes of the triune God. Accessibly written with pastors in training in mind, the book probes the classic rubrics of the church as the people of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit, igniting readers' ecclesiological imaginations and reclaiming a more biblical, theological, and pastoral vision of church.
Sherman is Professor of Christian Theology at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine.
- :<b>contents<br></b>introduction<br><i>a Trinitarian, Spirit-focused Approach<br>outline Of The Book<br>a Future With The Church</i><br>1. The Story Begins<br><i>communion: Human Being Is Social Being<br>the Fallenness Of Human Community<br>salvation Will Be Social And Individual: Establishing Covenant, Setting The Pattern<br></i>2. The Spirit's Covenantal Role In The Work Of The Trinity<br><i>the &quot;two Hands Of The Father&quot;<br>the Covenant Of Grace<br>three Biblical Images For The Church: Why These Three?</i><br>3. The Body Of Christ<br><i>the Spirit And God's Reconciling, Healing Purposes<br>the Community's Formation: Members Of The Body<br>priesthood Of All Believers: Responsibilities Of Office<br></i>4. The People Of God<br><i>the Spirit And God's Sovereign Eschatological Purposes<br>the Community's Mission: A Holy Nation, A Royal Priesthood<br>jesus And The &quot;kingdom Of God&quot;the First Adam And The Last Adam<br>israel And The Church<br></i>5. The Temple Of The Holy Spirit<br><i>the Spirit And God's Life-giving, Life-changing Presence<br>fruit Of The Spirit, Gifts Of The Spirit<br>pentecost As The New Sinai<br>the &quot;third Use Of The Law&quot;<br>&quot;the Power Of The Keys&quot;: Church Discipline<br></i>6. A Pilgrim Community Of The New Heaven And The New Earth<br><i>the Communion We Long For And Travel Toward<br>the Church Is A Blessing And An Instrument Of Blessing<br>images Of The Church That Form Us<br>a Perilous Pilgrimage<br></i>indexes