The Missional Identity of the Church 5

Question to Consider from my reading of Newbigin’s The Open Secret

If the Trinity is best understood through the narratives of salvation history and if the ecclesia exists only in relation to the Trinity, then what do the Trinity-revealing narratives of salvation history tell us about the identity and function of the ecclesia of God?

Resources for answering the question (to be updated as resources are located):

Fred Sanders on Trinity also here

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My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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3 Responses to The Missional Identity of the Church 5

  1. chad says:

    The Open Secret…Good book. I read it last semester. I am the Chad that you agreed with and andrew jones blog. I floated over here to check out anyone crazy enough to agree with me. I hope to find some time to poke around your blog over the next day or so. I blog at

  2. Laura says:

    Chad, thanks for stopping by. As I’m reading through some Newbigin this term, I’m wishing I’d read him earlier. I’m realizing more and more how much we need more integrated systematic theology training.

    I’ll stop by your blog and poke around.

  3. Andrew B says:


    I think Frank Viola’s “God’s Ultimate Passion” gives a gripping exposition of the answer to your question:

    – the Father loves the Son and His passion is to find a bride for the Son
    – just as the bride of Adam was created from flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone
    – so the bride of Christ, the ecclesia, is created from spirit of His Spirit

    Does this look like the components of a theologically OK answer?

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