Paul Minear states there are more than eighty images of the church in the New Testament. But Minear’s study led him to conclude that the four most dominant images of the church are the people of God, the new creation, the fellowship in faith, and the body of Christ. These images speak to us of the theology of the church as the presence of Christ in the world. This theological insight, that the church is the “community of God’s presence” will have a far-reaching effect in the postmodern world, both for those who are within the church and for the unchurched.[i]
[i] Webber, R. (1999). Ancient-future faith: Rethinking evangelicalism for a postmodern world (78). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 8:11 AM CDT