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By Howard A. Snyder

ISBN-10: 0877847525

ISBN-13: 9780877847526

A vintage revisited--revised and multiplied. For over twenty-five years, Howard Snyder's Community of the King has set the traditional for a penetrating examine the connection among the dominion of God and the earthly church. Biblically and essentially Snyder is helping us imagine via such the most important questions as

  • What is the dominion of God?
  • What function does it play in history?
  • What does it suggest for the church to be an agent of the kingdom?

after we seize the character of the dominion, Snyder is helping us discover its implications for the church as we event it in way of life. The church, he argues, is a part of God's dramatic plan to reconcile all issues to himself. The church that's precise to its calling will emphasize the God-given presents of all its contributors and increase buildings and techniques that mirror God's reign on this planet. as well as a very new bankruptcy on advancements in Christian pondering at the church considering that its first ebook, this re-creation of Community of the King encompasses a totally up-to-date bibliography and is revised all through. here's a vintage publication for all desirous about church existence and progress.

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Here also we discover the basic fact that true community is essential for effective witness. And here too, as a result, we face the prob­ lem of wineskins—the necessity of dealing with practical 60 COMMUNITY OF THE KING structures in order to permit and encourage true community. To speak of the Church as community is to take a somewhat more restricted view, since the Church is more than commu­ nity. It is also the scattered people of God, the leaven of the gospel in the lump of the world, dispersed and working in every area of society.

But it must be seen as Cod’s people in relation to God’s Kingdom or, in other words, as the messianic community, the community of the King. ttuo UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM COMMUNITY THIS IS WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE. A MAN SCATTERS SEED ON THE GROUND. NIGHT AND DAY, WHETHER HE SLEEPS OR GETS UP, THE SEED SPROUTS AND GROWS, THOUGH HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW. ALL BY ITSELF THE SOIL PRODUCES G R A IN FIRST THE STALK, THEN THE HEAD, THEN THE FULL KERNEL IN THE HEAD. AS SOON AS THE GRAIN IS RIPE, HE PUTS THE SICKLE TO IT, BECAUSE THE HARVEST HAS COME.

He uses a zoom lens, for the most part taking a close-up of personal redemption, but periodically zooming to a long-distance, wide-angle view which takes in “all things”—things visible and invisible; things past, present and future; things in heaven and things on earth; all the principalities and powers—in the cosmic/historical scene. To understand truly what God in Christ has done for and through people, we must step back and look at God’s entire cosmic design. This is the Pauline view of God’s master plan.

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