Week 5, The Church in the Context of the Kingdom, Fuellenbach

October 29, 2007

This was a helpful exploration of a conversation about the relationship between the church and the kingdom of God. I do not find myself directly identifying the church with the kingdom of God,  in part because of the triumphalism and inward focused nature of the church when it sees itself as identitcal to the kingdom of God.  I do believe that God is at work in the world with or without the church.  However, I would not go so far when espousing a theological position of non-identity to conclude that there is nothing particular about Christ when compared to other religions.  Christ is distinctive and the Spirit of the triune God is at work in all ways in which God is manifest in our world, whether the church is involved or not.

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