Affective Church Evangelism: Union with Christ as Impetus for Church Evangelism
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Despite the fact that union with Christ is featured in Calvinian soteriology, it is too often communicated in mere abstract categories that underemphasize the affective, Trinitarian nature of union with Christ and its related matters having to do with applied soteriology. This thesis seeks to revive interest in the doctrine of personal union with Christ and how this vitality motivates the local church in evangelism. It argues that central to salvation is Jesus Christ, and union with him is the impetus for church evangelism. The argument escorts the reader to its destination by introducing historical theology, systematic theology, biblical theology, and a biblical exposition of 1 Corinthians. The destination is affective church evangelism: union with Christ as impetus for church evangelism. To teach the thesis into existence, an appendix offers the thirteen-week curriculum developed from the thesis.