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Theology for the Community of God
Stanley J. Grenz
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This proven systematic theology represents the very best in evangelical theology. Stanley Grenz presents the traditional themes of Christian doctrine— God, humankind, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things—all within an emphasis on God’s central program for creation, namely, the establishment of community. Masterfully blending biblical, historical, and contemporary concerns, Grenz’s respected work provides a coherent vision of the faith that is both intellectually satisfying and expressible in Christian living. Available for the first time in paperback.
A fresh reappropriation of the evangelical and catholic heritage of the faith.
A significant contribution to systematic theology. . . . An excellent and indispensable textbook for courses in Christian theology.
—Francis Schüssler Fiorenza
Clear, well-informed, up-to-date, and firmly anchored in the mainstream of Christian wisdom. . . . An outstanding achievement.
—J. I. Packer
Theology for the Community of God signals a clear turning of the corner for evangelical systematics.
—Scottish Journal of Theology
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About the Author
Stanley J. Grenz is the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology, and Ethics at Carey Theological College and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Grenz has published twenty books, six of which are award-winners, and he is currently a consulting editor for Christianity Today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Nature and Task of Theology
The Theological Task
Part 1: Theology: The Doctrine of God
The Reality of God in an Era of Atheism
Knowledge of God in an Era of Agnosticism
Trinitarian Doctrine in Theological History
The Formulation of Trinitarian Doctrine
The Theological Implication of Trinitarian Doctrine
Trinitarian Doctrine and Christian Life
The Nature of the Relational God
The Divine Attributes
God as the Creator of the World
God as the Providential Administrator of the World
Part 2: Anthropology: The Doctrine of Humanity
Our Place in Creation
"Openness to the World" and General Revelation
God as Our Origin
Our Temporal Origin
Our Ontological Nature
Humans as the Image of God
The Nature of Sin
The Results of Sin: Our Human Situation
The Nature of the Spiritual Realities
Angelology and Structures of Existence
The Demonic and Superstition
Part 3: Christology: The Docrtine of Christ
Foundations: Jesus, the Divine One
Implications: Jesus as One with God
Jesus as a Human
Jesus as the True Human
Jesus as the Universal Human
Jesus as Divine and Human
The Virgin Birth
The Vocation of the Earthly Jesus
The Atonement and the Mission of Jesus
The Ongoing Work of Christ
Part 4: Pneumatology: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit in Salvation History
The Spirit in the Trinitarian Life
The Spirit as the Foundation of Scripture
The Task of the Spirit Speaking through Scripture
The Bible and Revelation
The Individual Aspect of Conversion
The Divine Aspect of Conversion
The Community Aspect of Conversion
The Process of Salvation
The Eternal Context of Salvation
Part 5: Ecclesiology: The Doctrine of the Church
The Church as a Covenant People
The Church as the Sign of the Kingdom
The Church as Community
The Purpose of the Church
The Mandate of the Church
Acts of Commitment and the Church
Baptism: The Seal of Our Identity
The Lord's Supper: Reaffirming Our Identity
Membership in the CommunityCommunity Membership in the First Century
Baptism and Community Membership
Baptism after the First Century
Leadership for the Community
Ordination by the Community
Part 6: Eschatology: The Doctrine of Last Things
The Significance of Death
Overcoming Death in the Resurrection
Hope in the Face of Death
The Meaning of History
The Presence of Community in and beyond History
The Climax of History
The Transition from Creation to New Creation
The Dark Side of the Judgment
The New Creation
Eschatology as Insight into the Present
Eschatology as God's Call in the Present
Eschatology as Insight for Living
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