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The Church in the Power of the Spirit

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“The Church will have no future if it simply extrapolates into the future the path it took in the past. It will only have a future if it anticipates the kingdom of God in Jesus’ name and is prepared to be converted to his future, freeing itself from imprisonment in the past,” Jürgen Moltmann writes in the preface to The Church in the Power of the Spirit, a book that sets the doctrine of the church and the sacraments in the perspective of the Holy Spirit. He offers the church a mirror, seeking to rediscover the dimensions of pneumatology and to understand God as God of community.

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Key Features

  • Discusses God as God of community
  • Presents the doctrine of the church and sacraments in the perspective of the Holy Spirit
  • Seeks to rediscover the dimensions of pneumatology


  • The Dimensions of a Doctrine of the Church Today
  • The Church in History
  • The Church of Jesus Christ
  • The Church of the Kingdom of God
  • The Church in the Presence of the Holy Spirit
  • The Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit
  • The Marks of the Church

Praise for the Print Edition

This book, which in my opinion is Moltmann’s best, can be recommended on the basis that it contains challenging and creative insights that can be used by the discriminating reader in the service of church renewal. . . Moltmann represents the theology of liberation at its best, and those who wish to know more about this theology would do well to study this creative and searching theologian.

Christianity Today

Moltmann is perhaps unsurpassed among his contemporaries in keenness of insight and rhetorical power.

Theology Today

Moltmann presents a stirring vision which every Christian community could well ponder. . . With a missionary emphasis, he seeks to help the reader face the question of the church’s identity in the light of the contemporary political, economic, and social scene.

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About Jürgen Moltmann

Jürgen Moltmann studied Christian theology in England and, after his return to Germany, in Göttingen. He served as a pastor from 1952 to1958 in Bremen. Since 1967 he has been Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen and retired there in 1994. Among his many influential and award-winning books are The Theology of Hope (1967), The Crucified God (1974), The Trinity and the Kingdom (1981), The Spirit of Life (1994), and The Coming of God (1996), winner of the Grawemeyer Award in 2000, all published by Fortress Press.

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“It follows from this that the church understands its world-wide mission in the trinitarian history of God’s dealings with the world. With all its activities and suffering, it is an element in the history of the kingdom of God. The real point is not to spread the church but to spread the kingdom. The goal is not the glorification of the church but the glorification of the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. The missionary concept of the church leads to a church that is open to the world in the divine mission, because it leads to a trinitarian interpretation of the church in the history of God’s dealings with the world.” (Page 11)

“Throughout, my purpose was to understand the triune God as the God who is community, who calls community into life and who invites men and women into sociality with him. The community of Christ is permitted to see itself as an earthly reflection of the divine Triunity.” (Page xv)

“The theological interpretation of the church today must absorb these germs of a missionary church in the decay of the corpus christianum. What we have to learn from them is not that the church ‘has’ a mission, but the very reverse: that the mission of Christ creates its own church. Mission does not come from the church; it is from mission and in the light of mission that the church has to be understood. The preaching of the gospel does not merely serve to instruct Christians and strengthen their faith; it always serves to call non-Christians at the same time. The whole congregation has ‘spiritual’ and charismatic gifts, not merely its ‘spiritual’ pastors. The whole congregation and every individual in it belong with all their powers and potentialities to the mission of God’s kingdom.” (Page 10)

  • Title: The Church in the Power of the Spirit: A Contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology
  • Author: Jürgen Moltmann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1993
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Person and offices; Jesus Christ › Messiahship; Church; Holy Spirit
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T17:31:47Z

Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian. He is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of Tübingen and the 2000 recipient of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He studied Christian theology in England and in Göttingen, and served as a pastor from 1952 to 1958 in Bremen. Among his many influential and award-winning books are The Theology of Hope, The Crucified God, The Trinity and the Kingdom, The Spirit of Life, and The Coming of God.


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