Survey of Theology The Doctrine of the Church Outline



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Survey of Theology 7.
The Doctrine of the Church

Outline
Introduction

Early Developments

The Donatist Controversy

The Reformation

Calvin’s View of the Church

The Radical Reformers

Presence of Christ in the Church

Models and Images of the Church

The “Notes” or “Marks” of the Church

Introduction
The doctrine of the church = ecclesiology (Greek ekklesia, “church”)

What is the church? How can we recognize it? What is its purpose? Who are its members?


Outline
Introduction

Early Developments

The Donatist Controversy

The Reformation

Calvin’s View of the Church

The Radical Reformers

Presence of Christ in the Church

Models and Images of the Church

The “Notes” or “Marks” of the Church


Early Developments
Early centuries of the church:

- ecclesiology not a major theological focus

- church was politically barely tolerated; at times persecuted

- general consensus on the church:

- a spiritual society which replaced Israel as the People of God

- the repository of true teachings

- purpose: enable believers to grow in faith and holiness

- members are all one in Christ





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