The Church as the Eschatological Covenant Community. Concepts of community and relation foundational to biblical narrative. Theme of community unfolds Moving towards ultimate consummation Communal destiny. The Church as Community. What is community? According to sociologists:
Community within God’s overarching plans for creation
Church as human and divine
Corporate dimension of salvation
Image of the church as people of God is connected with the idea of Israel as God’s people
Israel understood itself as a people called into covenant with God
Ex 19.5; 23.33; Deut. 7.6; 14.2; Lev. 26.9-12
*For more on this see Grenz, The Social God and the Relational Self, esp. pp. 331-6.
See also, John Zizioulas, Being as Communion.