Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three
Author: Gordon T. Smith
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Evangelical. Sacramental. Pentecostal.
Christian communities tend to identify with one of these labels over the other two. Evangelical churches emphasize the importance of Scripture and preaching. Sacramental churches emphasize the importance of the eucharistic table. And pentecostal churches emphasize the immediate presence and power of the Holy Spirit. But must we choose between them? Could the church be all three?
Drawing on his reading of the New Testament, the witness of Christian history, and years of experience in Christian ministry and leadership, Gordon T. Smith argues that the church not only can be all three, but in fact must be all three in order to truly be the church. Each angle—evangelical, sacramental, pentecostal—is a necessary counterpart to the others and such an integrated vision invites the church to live in dynamic communion with its Living Head—growing up and maturing into Christ, living in real time, organically, in the grace of Christ Jesus.
The need for an integrated vision of the community as evangelical, sacramental, and pentecostal becomes ever more pressing in our present context. If Jesus and the apostles saw no tension between these characteristics, why should we?
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