Gospel Centered Growth

Seeing GOD in the Church

Seeing God in the Church

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Authors: Karl Koch and Alfred Renard
Price: $6.00
Pages: 49
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Language: English
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Table of Contents
What Do You Think?   v
1. God's Law/ God's Gospel   1
2. The Church? 10
3. A Model of the Visible Church 17
4. The Church's Biological Nature 24
5. Seeing God in the Church 34
6. What Do You Think? Where to Begin? 45
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Seeing God in the Church

Karl Wm. Koch
In Association with
Alfred H. Renard

Copyright © 2010 by Karl Koch

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

Layout & Editing by Al & Bonnie Renard


Book Description
Rev. Karl Koch has literally been kicking these ideas around for decades. Having celebrated his 50th anniversary as a pastor in the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod last Summer, Karl has undertaken the task of making Biblical sense of change in the church. In so doing, many congregations have stepped out of conflict into fruitful ministry. You also have life experience in your church fellowship. Knowing this, it is Karl's aim to help you tie the spiritual and institutional sides of life into a biological model founded in the Word, so you, too can make a difference. 
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How does one describe the Church?  In the New Testament, two of the most common terms associated with describing the church are: 1) “Church,” the called out ones, and,  2) the Body of Christ.  These two imply an important definition which distinguishes a church and its Christian members.  “Church” (in the Greek) implies that there is something past, out of which one has been called, while “Body of Christ” implies a present condition of attachment to Jesus, the Messiah, into which one has been drawn.  Taken together, these two present us with a radical change which is basic to our Christian identity.

Our Lord introduces the concept of identity with His words to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”  St. Paul also uses this message in several of his epistles.  In Titus 3:3-7 he describes the radical nature of our spiritual rebirth.  He says what we once “were,” and then continues on to “what we have become.”  The transition is carried out by God, through the gospel, by the pouring of the Holy Spirit onto and into us.  I take the “washing” mentioned in this text to be a reference to our baptism.  In Romans 6, St. Paul links this transformation directly to our baptism.  He is so confident of this that he begins his exposition (Romans 6:3) by saying, “Don’t you know....?”  He then continues by describing the events which we experience in our baptism: dying with Christ on the cross, being buried with Him in His tomb, and rising with Him to new life.




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