Advent Next Theological Podcast

Rethinking “Church” (Dr. Gerardo Oudri)

May 24, 2019

This week on Advent Next, our discussion revolves around ecclesiology, which in Christian theology, is the study of the church and it’s origins, practices, and relationship to the outside world.

Questions that ecclesiology helps us to answer are what is the role of the church in the world, who belongs to the church and can salvation take place outside of a person’s relationship to the institution?

On this episode, we are discussing Adventist Ecclesiology with Dr. Gerardo Oudri, who holds his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Ecclesiology from Andrews University.

The fundamental question comes down to “what is the church?” Is it the building, the traditions, and liturgy? Is it the people, or is it the theology that binds a community together? 

In the exploration of the question of “how can we distill the essential elements of the church to make it adaptable to varied contexts?” we have invited Dr. Gerardo Oudri to share his thoughts.

In this week’s discussion of ecclesiology, we are laying the foundation for next week’s table talk in which we look at a more precise or even broader view of what makes up a church and if “mission” can be defined with broader outcomes in mind, then we just might be ready to do church in a different way.

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