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Embodying the New Reality

This presence of a new reality, the presence in the shared life of the Church of the Spirit who is the arrabon of the kingdom, has become possible because of what Jesus has done, because of his incarnation, his ministry as the obedient child of his Father, his suffering and death, his resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and his session at the right hand of God, When the apostles are asked to explain the new reality, the new power to find joy in tribulation, healing in sickness, freedom in bondage, life in death, this is the explanation they give. It follows that the visible embodiment of this new reality is not a movement that will take control of history and shape the future according to its own vision, not a new imperialism, not a victorious crusade. Its visible embodiment will be a community that lives by this story, a community whose existence is visibly defined in the regular rehearsing and reenactment of the story which has given it birth, the story of the self-emptying God in the ministry, life ,death, and resurrection of Jesus. Its visible center as a continuing social entity is that weekly repeated event in which believers share bread and wine as Jesus commanded, as his pledge to them and their pledge to him that they are one with im in his passion and one with him in his victory.

~ Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 120.


  1. Adrian Woods wrote:

    Halden, I’m working on a robust notion of Community within Christian Theology. I’m reading Zizioulas “Being as Communion” and Taylor “Sources of the Self.” The trend here being that personhood plays a distinct role in community development.
    Perhaps you could suggest some other works on the notion of Community.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
  2. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    You got to love Newbigin. Very Yoderian here.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

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