Church: Sacraments, Worship, Ministry, Mission

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In this volume, Donald Bloesch explores with charity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship, the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of God, to the issue of church reunion. Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's theology of the church calls for reformation and renewal according to ...

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Overview

In this volume, Donald Bloesch explores with charity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship, the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of God, to the issue of church reunion. Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's theology of the church calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830814169
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Christian Foundations Series
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen and Basel.

He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Abbreviations 12
Preface 13
1 Introduction 17
2 Continuing Issues in Ecclesiology 27
3 The Church in the Plan of Salvation 46
4 The Church and the Kingdom 69
5 Authority in the Church 82
6 Marks of the Church 99
7 Worship in Spirit and Truth 116
8 Rethinking Sacraments 147
9 The Demise of Biblical Preaching 178
10 A Socio-Theological Typology 189
11 The Diversity of Ministries 204
12 The Gospel in a Syncretistic Age 235
13 Toward the Reunion of the Churches 252
14 A Confessing Church 265
App. 1 The Cambridge Declaration 288
App. 2 The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration 295
Notes 306
Index of Names 341
Index of Subjects 345
Index of Scripture 349
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