Ecclesiology helps us understand the meaning of being “uncircumcised” because of our exile from God. Ecclesiology teaches us that the church is Christ’s physical body and bride, both human and tangible. The people of God, both the body and the bride, are supposed to be a living testimony to the grace of Jesus Christ (Jones and Beth Felker, 206). However, some people across the globe have a distorted view of the church’s significance and purpose. There is no way to pretend that we are what we should be. We cannot discard the teachings of the Christian religion, pretending that we may live our faith outside of the church. That is why it would be a horrible mistake for a church to give up its collective, tangible testimony to God (Jones and Beth Felker, 208). Our ecclesiology must convey the reality about sin, but it must also teach the larger detail about Jesus, our savior, and our Bride. It is important to support the hopeful exercise of the church in a world in which many, even amid those who confess Christ, have given up on or grown cynical about that application.
As a result of analyzing this chapter, I now have a clearer understanding of the church’s significance and function in the lives of Christians. Some people are far away, and those who are near God, and the church is the place where Christ’s peace may be shared (Jones and Beth Felker, 205). To better understand what it means for several figures to become one sacrifice and tangible witnesses to God’s favor, I have also studied the two sacred metaphors of the ministry: the church as a body and the church as a bride. Individualism is challenged by this corporate imagery, which depicts Jesus Christ as both the bridegroom and head of the form of Christ (Jones and Beth Felker, 206).
Moreover, the book has given me a clear picture of what it means to be an organic community in the church. This picture cannot accommodate an individualistic, self-centered religion that sees everything Christian theology and living through the “I” lens (Jones and Beth Felker, 206). In this regard, the book makes it plain that individuals should not have individualistic religious faiths or views or alter the church’s doctrines following biblical teachings. However, the caption clarifies that the image’s corporate character does not deny or minimize the value of variety in the human body. Even though there might be a wide range of churches, the church’s doctrines and functions should be adapted to each particular church’s beliefs and follow the scripture teachings (Jones and Beth Felker, 206). This argument criticizes individuals who criticize others’ religions and ideas and makes it clear that there may be a difference in churches as long as the scriptural principles are obeyed.
Furthermore, I have discovered that the church is often depicted as the bride of Christ, which is crucial for fostering a sense of materialism and unity among Christians and between Christ and the church. The use of bridal imagery stresses the close, personal, and direct love between Christ and the church. Tossing aside the teaching is impossible if we live faith outside the church, as the text makes very apparent. The physical church’s significance and scriptural principles’ practice are made clear (Jones and Beth Felker, 208). People who say that the church is in one’s heart and so there is no need to attend church or follow its teachings are challenged by this remark. Just as we need to communicate the truth about sin and convey the larger certainty about Jesus, whose figure and spouse we are, we need to do likewise in ecclesiology.
Ecclesiology has taught me to live truthfully in the grace of two contending authenticities: the observable church importance and a pristine church that does not exist in the world of sin. We cannot develop a gnostic ecclesiology, which would limit the ministry to the domain of the intangible and divine, certain that bodies and materialism are wonderful things produced and treasured by God. My understanding of the church was a little hazy at first, but the writer’s explanation states that the church is invisible and spiritual. Still, it is visible and material simultaneously, resolving my confusion. According to the chapter, people should not part with the visible church in the face of brokenness. The true ministry and practice of beliefs via all means, including brokenness, are essential; this statement bolsters the thesis argument (Jones and Beth Felker, 216). Using the narrative of a perfect church, the author shows how joining up with the true church might alleviate this problem.
Several Christians have misunderstood this narrative to believe that a physical church is unnecessary. Purity-ecclesiology ignores the church’s brokenness, yet God can produce visible unity in the church despite its brokenness. The church’s brokenness is vital for the beauty of its testimony, as I agree with the authors (Jones and Beth Felker, 218). When we give up our faith, there is no grace. Since studying ecclesiology, I have come to understand the body’s oneness as we live our lives as the people of God. To prepare the body for another kind of exercise, this sort of visible, cohesive training is essential (Jones and Beth Felker, 221). Acting amid shattered sinners, the Triune God transforms us into a beautiful testimony through the church’s unity. Sacraments, like baptism, are also stressed in the book. This reinforces what I already knew about sacraments: that our obedience to sacraments connects us to God’s gift in creation (Jones and Beth Felker, 226).
It is important to treasure the hopeful exercise of the church in a world in which numerous, even amid those who confess Christ, have overruled or grown cynical about that exercise. Since our body, spirit, and faith are all connected to God via the church, it is essential. This passage reminds us that the church is an image of God and a means of being physically closer to God. Physical church practice and theology commitment have always been overridden, but they are key elements in our relationship with God.
Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Living and Thinking Theologically. Baker Academic, 2014 (Links to an external site.)