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 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.
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About "Covenant, Community, and the Spirit: A Trinitarian Theology of Church"
Meet the Author
Sherman is Professor of Christian Theology at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine.
Table Of Contents
a Trinitarian, Spirit-focused Approach
outline Of The Book
a Future With The Church
1. The Story Begins
communion: Human Being Is Social Being
the Fallenness Of Human Community
salvation Will Be Social And Individual: Establishing Covenant, Setting The Pattern
2. The Spirit's Covenantal Role In The Work Of The Trinity
the "two Hands Of The Father"
the Covenant Of Grace
three Biblical Images For The Church: Why These Three?
3. The Body Of Christ
the Spirit And God's Reconciling, Healing Purposes
the Community's Formation: Members Of The Body
priesthood Of All Believers: Responsibilities Of Office
4. The People Of God
the Spirit And God's Sovereign Eschatological Purposes
the Community's Mission: A Holy Nation, A Royal Priesthood
jesus And The "kingdom Of God"the First Adam And The Last Adam
israel And The Church
5. The Temple Of The Holy Spirit
the Spirit And God's Life-giving, Life-changing Presence
fruit Of The Spirit, Gifts Of The Spirit
pentecost As The New Sinai
the "third Use Of The Law"
"the Power Of The Keys": Church Discipline
6. A Pilgrim Community Of The New Heaven And The New Earth
the Communion We Long For And Travel Toward
the Church Is A Blessing And An Instrument Of Blessing
images Of The Church That Form Us
a Perilous Pilgrimage