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The Church And The Ordained Ministry (Art. 7–18)

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The presence of the ordained ministry reminds the community of the divine initiative and the dependence of the church on Jesus Christ. It is not only the representation terminology, but also the metaphoric language that emphasizes the symbolic character of the functions. The Reformation chose to express what was specific for the ministry of the church in functional terms. In particular, Luther re-formed the ministry as service to the Word. The Reformation churches were to continue in this track because they wanted to prevent church and ministry from obtaining independent status and power independently from the Word of the Lord. The Reformers were familiar with the theme of unity in connection with the ministry of the church.

Keywords: Church; Jesus Christ; ordained ministry

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