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Identity And Ministry

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Theology is not a free science. Christian identity is linked to the identity of the church. Unity and identity are two sides of one coin. The need for ecumenical dialogue and calls for unity are often explained on the basis of the need to give a reliable witness of the Christian faith to outsiders. Reformed confessions are anti-pagan with their emphasis on one God alone, on God's claim on one's own life, and on the communal form of the Christian life under One Head. In order to safeguard the identity of the church, its nature, and its mission, the early church came to the insight that it needed some structural security devices in order to protect its integrity. The Reformed tradition and its theologians in particular have the task to renew the theology of ministry to function better as instrument of safeguarding the identity of the Christian church.

Keywords: Christian; God; identity; ministry; Reformed tradition; Theology



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