Holding Together: Gospel, Church and Spirit : the Essentials of Christian Identity

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Canterbury Press Norwich, 2007 - Religion - 299 pages
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The long-awaited and timely new book from a highly regarded evangelical writer explores Christian identity in all its fullness - being and living in a way that holds together the gospel with the life of the church and the life of the Spirit.With the tendency for evangelical Christians to focus primarily on the gospel and catholic Christians to emphasise the importance of church, these traditions have sometimes been unnecessarily forced apart.

This bridge-building book explores the notion that biblical gospel, catholic church and powerful Spirit are the fundamental realities of Christian existence that all need to experience together.In different ways, each chapter of "Holding Together" attempts to hold the gospel together with the church, and to hold the gospel and the church together with the Spirit as it explores different approaches to key areas of doctrine and practice: Scripture and tradition; Justification; Church; Mary; Worship; Baptism and Eucharist; and Mission.

Here, often sharply contrasting positions in evangelical and catholic theology face each other so that they can listen to each other in the Spirit and discover their fundamental complementarity.Its vision of a catholic evangelicalism in the Spirit is theologically exciting and spiritually compelling.

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Contents

Holding Together
1
Hearing the Word
22
Being Saved
54
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

 CHRISTOPHER COCKSWORTH is the principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. As a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England he was an editor of the recently published Celebrating Daily Prayer. He is the co-author with Rosalind Brown of the bestselling Being a Priest Today and is author of Holy Holy Holy: Worshipping the Trinitarian God (DLT).

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