Table of Contents
[Part V.] Ecclesiology: the doctrine of the church -- [17.] The church - the eschatalogical covenant community -- The church as a covenant people -- The church as the sign of the kingdom -- The church as community -- [18.] The ministry of the community -- The purpose of the church -- The mandate of the church -- [19.] Community acts of commitment -- Acts of commitment and the church -- Baptism: the seal of our identity -- The Lord's supper: reaffirming our identity -- [20.] The organization for community life -- Membership in the community -- Community structure -- Leadership for the community -- Ordination by the community -- [Part VI.] Eschatology: the doctrine of last things [21.] The consummation of personal existence -- The significance of death -- Overcoming death in the resurrection -- Hope in the face of death -- [22.] The consummation of history -- The meaning of history -- The presence of community in and beyond history -- the climax of history -- [23.] The consumation of God's cosmic program -- The transition from creation to new creation -- The dark side of the judgment -- The new creation -- [24.] The significance of eschatology -- Eschatology as insight into the present -- Eschatology as God's call in the present -- Eschatology as insight for living.