The Mystery of the Church


The Pauline epistles are filled with beautiful and provocative metaphors for the church: it is a bride, a body, a flock, a temple. Each of these metaphors emphasizes the central unity and indivisibility of the people of God. Yet how do Christians live out this unity in the face of ethnic conflict, tribalism, and political divisions? In this powerful application of Paul’s teaching, Fabrice S. Katembo explores the mystery of the church in an African context, arguing that the greatest challenge facing God’s people is not external threat, but internal discord. Katembo draws his reader’s attention back to the unifying work of Christ, who died to abolish all walls of separation and in whom we are one, no matter the tongue, tribe, or nation. Providing an overview of Paul’s life and ministry, and engaging the work of renown theologians such as John Mbiti and Kwame Bediako, this is an excellent resource for anyone facing intercultural tensions within the church. It is also a vital reminder that far from harmless, divisions between believers threaten to cripple the body of Christ by distorting its witness, injuring its members, and separating what Christ died to unify.

About the Author

FABRICE S. KATEMBO is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Growing up in a war zone, he experienced the consequences of prolonged ethnic conflict firsthand, yet he has also experienced the powerful unity that is possible within the body of Christ. It is that love, which transcends cultural differences, that he longs to see characterized in the church.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839730566

Category: Christian Living, Global Perspectives

Region: Africa

Publishing Date: 2020-11-30

Number of pages: 100

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