Hans Bruss

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Lewis Spitz

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:17; Luke 4:43; Luke 9:2; Luke 8:1; Matthew 13:11; Revelation 12:10; Luke 1:32b; 33; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27; Revelation 12:10; Acts 1:6; Luke 16:16; Luke 22:31; 32; John 21:15-17


This is a comparative study of Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Calvinistic conceptions of the Kingdom of God as they relate to the role of the Church in the world.

The concept of the Kingdom is common to all periods of our Lord's teaching, but the concept of the Church appears only at two special points of His ministry: Matt. 16:18 and Matt. 18:17. New Testament scholars have explored this relationship of Kingdom and Church and have given various interpretations. In our opinion the Church of Jesus Christ is the product of the Kingdom of Christ, of His gracious rule. The Kingdom of God is God's gracious rule, the Savior's redemptive work.

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