This term I'm working through some of Newbigin's works. Up first is The Open Secret. See the whole post over at Who In The World Are We?

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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