The Church in the Power of the Spirit: A Contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology

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Fortress Press, 1977 - Religion - 407 pages
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"This book, which in my opinion is Moltmann's best, can be recommended on the basis that it contains challenging and creative insights that can be used by the discriminating reader in the service of church renewal Moltmann represents the theology of liberation at its best, and those who wish to know more about this theology would do well to study this creative and searching theologian." --Donald G. Bloesch Christianity Today "Moltmann is perhaps unsurpassed among his contemporaries in keenness of insight and rhetorical power." --Daniel L. Migliore, Theology Today "Moltmann presents a stirring vision which every Christian community could well ponder With a missionary emphasis, he seeks to help the reader face the question of the church's identity in the light of the contemporary political, economic, and social scene." --Religious Education

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The Dimensions of a Doctrine of the Church Today
1 The church of Jesus Christ
2 The missionary church
3 The ecumenical church
4 The political church
The Church in History
1 The church and the difference between faith and experience
2 The church in the history of the Holy Spirit
5 The kingdom of God in the future and the present
The Church in the Presence of the Holy Spirit
1 The sending of the Spirit as the sacrament of the kingdom
2 The gospel
3 Baptism
4 The Lords supper
5 Worship
6 The messianic way of life

3 The church under the spell of the signs of the times
4 The church in the trinitarian history of God
The Church of Jesus Christ
1 Jesus and the church
2 The messianic mission of Jesus and the community of the exodus
3 The passion of Jesus and the community of the cross
4 The lordship of Jesus and the brotherhood of the kingdom
5 The glory of Jesus and the feast without end
6 In the friendship of Jesus
7 The place of the church in the presence of Christ
The Church of the Kingdom of God
2 The church and Israel
3 Christianity and the world religions
4 Christianity in the processes of the worlds life
The Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit
1 The community in the process of the Holy Spirit
2 The charge to the community and the assignments within the community
3 The form of the church as fellowship
The Marks of the Church
2 Unity in freedom
3 Catholicity and partisanship
4 Holiness in poverty
5 The apostolate in suffering
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Page 382 - Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. ARTICLE 13 1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
Page 349 - He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
Page 354 - ... as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Page 74 - Art Thou He that cometh or look we for another? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go your way and tell John the things which ye do hear and see : the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up and the poor have good tidings preached to them : and blessed is he whosoever shall find none occasion of stumbling in Me.
Page 380 - For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. " Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. " For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ; " Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Page 108 - Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Page 101 - Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them ; and their great ones exercise authority over them.
Page 29 - Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
Page 74 - The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
Page 38 - Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

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