Salt, Light, and a City: Introducing Missional Ecclesiology

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Enormous challenges and opportunities face the Christian church in our globalized, rapidly changing world. It is becoming increasingly clear that the church and its leaders need a missional self-understanding.

In this volume, Graham Hill asks: "What does it mean for the church to be truly missional?" This book outlines the thought of twelve leading thinkers, and puts their thinking into conversation with a missional understanding of the church....

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Overview

Enormous challenges and opportunities face the Christian church in our globalized, rapidly changing world. It is becoming increasingly clear that the church and its leaders need a missional self-understanding.

In this volume, Graham Hill asks: "What does it mean for the church to be truly missional?" This book outlines the thought of twelve leading thinkers, and puts their thinking into conversation with a missional understanding of the church.

Most of the missional literature of the past twenty years is practical, telling us how to be a missional church, rather than why certain theological themes compel the church toward a missional self-understanding and existence. This book takes a different approach. It outlines a basic missional understanding of the church by engaging theology and Scripture. It examines some of the key theological themes that are foundational for a missional church, and does this in conversation with twelve leading thinkers.

This book provides indispensable foundations for a Christ-centered, gospel-shaped, theologically informed, and systematic missional view of the church.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781608997565
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Frost ix

Introduction: Forming a Missional Theology of the Church xiii

Part 1 Surveying the Euro-American Landscape Roman Catholic

1 Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI): The Church as Communion 3

2 Karl Rahner: The Church as Community of Witness 14

3 Hans Küng: The Church as Eschatological Community of Salvation 27

Eastern Orthodox

4 Thomas Hopko: The Church as Fullness of God 39

5 Vigen Guroian: The Church as Peculiar, Ethical Community 52

6 John Zizioulas: The Church as Eucharistic Communion 62

Protestant

7 Letty Russell: The Church as Household of Freedom 75

8 Jürgen Moltmann: The Church as Messianic, Relational Koinonia 86

9 John Webster: The Church as Communion of Saints 98

Free Church

10 John Howard Yoder: The Church as New, Redeemed Community 109

11 Barry Harvey: The Church as Altera Civitas 122

12 Miroslav Volf: The Church as Image of the Trinity 134

Part 2 Introducing Missional Ecclesiology-Through Conversation

13 The Thinking-in-Community Church: Encountering a Life-Giving Theology 149

14 The Mission-Forged Church: Participating in the Mission of God 151

15 The Christ-Centered Church: Following the Messiah and His Eschatological Mission 180

16 The Spirit-Empowered Church: Responding to the Spirits Power and Presence 205

17 The Trinity-Imaging Church: Reflecting Trinitarian Communion and Mission 230

18 The Courageous and Future Church: Being Salt, Light, and a City 263

Resources: Practicing Missional Ecclesiology 275

Bibliography 281

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