The Church: Sacraments, Worship, Ministry, Mission

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InterVarsity Press, 2002 - Religion - 351 pages
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In The Church, Donald G. Bloesch explores with clarity 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 to the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of heaven, and church reunion.Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's work presents a theology of the church that calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.
  

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Contents

Introduction
17
Continuing Issues in Ecclesiology
27
The Church in the Plan of Salvation
46
The Church and the Kingdom
69
Authority in the Church
82
Marks of the Church
99
Worship in Spirit and Truth
116
Rethinking Sacraments
147
The Diversity of Ministries
204
The Gospel in a Syncretistic Age
235
Toward the Reunion of the Churches
252
A Confessing Church
265
The Cambridge Declaration
288
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
295
Notes
306
Index of Names
341

The Demise of Biblical Preaching
178
A SocioTheological Typology
189

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About the author (2002)

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, T?bingen and Basel. He wrote numerous books, includingFaith 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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