Here's some key ideas:
The church is
- a community with the commitment that Jesus' authority is ultimate and who announces this ultimate authority to the world.
- a community existing by the authority of the Father for the purpose of proclaiming the Father's Kingdom to the world and remaining aware in the process.
- a community existing by the grace and intention of God in Jesus for the purpose of embodying Jesus' presence--his incarnation and passion--in the world.
- a community existing by the power of the Spirit for the purpose of following the Holy Spirit in the way prepared by his prevenient grace.
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