Church As Mystical Communion Essay

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Register to read the introduction… He categorizes the models into five aspects: Church as institution, Church as mystical communion, Church as sacrament, Church as herald, Church …show more content…
So in other words, it means finding God in all things specifically in your community. People participate because they have a personal connection and want to further their connection, voluntarily with God. An aspect of this model is grace, which is Gods presence himself such as the communion. Two images are the body of Christ and the people of God. The people of God highlights and emphasizes the importance of community and mutual love and respect. Dulles states, “It picks up the biblical theme that God has fashioned for himself a people feely communicating his spirit and his gifts” (50). The Body of Christ as stated in Dulles is, “the main point of mutual union, concern and dependence of the members of the local community upon one another,” (43). The body of Christ will only function is the whole community is willing to work together to reach a personal growth in their relationship with God. Now that we have an idea of what Church as mystical communion consists of I will discuss the strengths and weakness of this model. The strength of this model is that emphasizes a shared life with the community instead of shutting them off. This is a strength because when people come together as a whole everything holds so much more meaning and people can form a stronger bond with God, now that it is much more personal and voluntary. Another strength is that this model improves people spirituality and prayer life now that they feel that personal connection that they formed. A weakness of this model is that it creates unsure relationship between the visible and invisible, since Grace allows people to get closer to God through the invisible such as communion while the visible structure like institutionalism tries to emphasize their power over the whole people. I have discussed what the models mean, their strength and weakness of each

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