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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
The study of the church can begin with almost any point of philosophy or theology. The church is Christology-Christ taking form in the world. The church is anthropology - people growing into the full stature of manhood. The church is sociology-the really beloved community forming as the body of its Lord. The church is wisdom-the pillar and ground of truth. The church is semantics-the Word taking form not in sign or sound but in flesh and blood. The church is eschatology-the little flock which has received, is received, and will receive the Kingdom. The church is family-a mother nourishes her children. The church is sacrament- Christ dying and rising in the world. The church is mission-sent to the world as the Father sent the Son. The church is enigma-it is holy yet always has the face of a sinner.
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Lueker, Erwin L.
"Reading Programs in Theology: Forms of Church and Ministry,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 40, Article 73.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol40/iss1/73