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Paul, the Community, and Progressive Sanctification: An Exploration into Community-based Transformation within Pauline Theology (Studies in Biblical Literature) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820479284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820479286
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,011,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What role does the Christian community play in the process of growing in Christian maturity? This book argues that in Pauline theology the redeemed community is a necessary means for the progressive sanctification of the individual believer, an idea that is largely misunderstood in parts of the Western church. It evaluates foundational theological considerations traditionally omitted from sanctification studies and places them within the context of Pauline theology. Included are the missiological nature of holiness, the initiatory character of God, the creation of the new humanity as reflecting the image of God, and the impact upon the church resulting from the radical redefinition by Christ of the cultural symbols surrounding the Jewish temple system. This book offers a corrective to the individualized approach to Christian growth: For Paul, the focus of God's transformative activity culminates with the community rather than the individual, the goal of which is to reveal God's glory to the broader creation.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A must-have 7 April 2007
By Commentary Surveyor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Emphasizes that progressive sanctification is necessarily obtained through involvement in the church community. Unfortunately, at $69.95 retail (218 pp.), it may take a community to purchase it! Pastors, particularly, should bite the bullet and purge their annual book budget for this one. Major kudos from Craig Blomberg in the online Denver Journal at densem.edu
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By M. Storey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Howard seems to have a hobby horse that he is promoting through a shallow sweep of recent theological trends and Bible verses. He develops his thesis on unsubstantiated arguments and correlations. Sure, the Bible supports the notion that there is a need for Christians to exist in community, but Howard's thesis, however, provides no plausible causal link between Christian community and sanctification. Thorough, exegetical study of appropriate verses reveals that sanctification is in the hands of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.
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