Church For the World

 

IMG_0690From Douglas Ottati’s Reforming Protestantism: “The church is also for the world because it is ‘a community of hope, which believes that if sin means derangement, then grace mean rearrangement. If sin means inordinate constriction, then grace mean enlargement.’ Within the frame of reforming piety, then, this is what it means to say that the God disclosed in the histories of Israel and of Jesus Christ is sovereign. The arc of the universe is God’s arc, and this arc, although we cannot always make out its curvature, bends toward God’s universal commonwealth, kingdom, or city. Finally, not without confessing sins, not apart from judgments, prophetic criticisms, chastening defeats, and passionate sufferings, reforming piety supports a truly cosmic optimism. The God of grace and glory, the power of goodness make perfect in weakness, is greater than the power of evil. . . . This is why the church is for the world.”

Roger

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