uniquely jesus …

18 February, 2006 at 5:05 pm 1 comment

You scored as Servant Model. Your model of the church is Servant. The mission of the church is to serve others, to challenge unjust structures, and to live the preferential option for the poor. This model could be complemented by other models that focus more on the unique person of Jesus Christ.

Servant Model
Mystical Communion Model
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Herald Model
Institutional Model

What is your model of the church? [Dulles]
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So there it is! It's worth looking at these things every so often – mine's changed a little since last time. I'm intrigued at the suggestion that I could concentrate more on the uniqueness of Jesus. That's my presupposition. I believe that only Jesus saves – but not only Christians are saved! Jesus is unique not least because Jesus uniquely refuses the boundaries that most of us – church and world alike – create. So I'm right up with those who say that Jesus alone saves us. No one else has done or could do what Christ did on the cross. That is the means of salvation. But Jesus came, not to start a new religion or create the Church, but to transform the world into the kingdom of God.

That is not to say that Jesus alone gives us access to God or to Truth. But Jesus alone gives us access to the Life that God for us here – the Holy Spirit and involvement in God's continual mission to make this world wall that God intends. I don't usually frame the question this way, but if it's the one I was asked a week ago – "Can Buddhists be saved?" – my answer is "Yes, of course they can? Who can't be saved? But Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, genocidal maniacs, alcoholics, unborn children and whomever else are all saved because of what God has done in Jesus. No one else."


Entry filed under: christology, emerging church, mission.

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  • 1. mamalucy  |  27 February, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Can you unpack this a bit more please?

    What does Wol mean by “save”? I’m not being semantic.

    Can a jew stay a jew, never knowing jesus and be saved?


    By doing something christlike?
    Or by meeting christ in someone?…

    Your brush strokes are exciting –
    but I’m lost.


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