Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospelby Published 04 Aug 2015
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WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY EXTRAORDINARY?
When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen.
They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together.
Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely.
It is nothing short of amazing.
Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community.
6-Week group study included.
Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel Reviews
Good book in building community. Great resource for group leaders and groups that would want to go through a series on community.
I try not to rate everything 5 stars, but I think this one deserves it. This is a book I not only enjoyed, but will consider purchasing and giving away copies to others. I received it as a gift myself, and am glad I did!
To be sure, Dustin Willis is scratching where I itch. This book is about helping us grow to have the kind of relationships within the church body that God desires for us and that he designed the church to provide. The book gives both a vision for biblical community, how that community is formed, and the necessary and practical values that will be present when we live in true biblical fellowship. Each chapter includes both a study of the Scripture as well as real life examples and practical application of its principles. The chapters end with a helpful set of questions to move you toward living out the principles covered in the book. The book is suitable for small group reflection and includes an appendix for leading a 6-week study.
One of the strengths is that it is written in a way that has a broad application. It does not teach a particular method of community (cell groups, Sunday school, etc.) but lays out what biblical community looks like practically and tangibly in any setting. It's principles, in my opinion, are presented in a way that can apply among a variety of sociological and cultural settings. Further, the author recognizes the differences in temperament among people and describes biblical community for a church with both introverts and extroverts (helpful, in my opinion, as much written in this genre seems to be aimed at the latter).
In the end, this book is a call to action. There is more than just theory here and there is no new model or method to try. Rather, its a practical description of what God has designed the body of Christ to be, some practical wisdom on how to get there, and a call for us to pursue that heavenly vision.
Dustin Willis does a great job of painting pictures of the focuses that make for authentic biblical community within the church. It is a quick read, has good examples and has provided me with a lot to chew on as a young leader within my church. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve community life within their church or anyone who attends a church right now and finds them looking for more than just a Sunday gathering and platitudes.
The author expresses relevant and eternal truths for the Christian community emphasizing the value of biblical faith expressed in unity with other believers.
I particularly like the author's humility and authenticity as he shared examples from his own life and church ministry. Rather than just rating the book a definite four-star, I gave a five-star because of the study guide questions and biblical passages provided at the book's end.
The resource is invaluable and was the reason I valued this book. Six weeks of reading the book and implementing its concepts was powerful for me because of the practical, pointed questions of the study guide. My family relationships, friendships, and social interactions have deepened and improved since spending time with others reading this book.
Anyone still pursing Jesus alone or desiring to empower the local church and community can receive encouragement and insight from this book.
(I'd give it a 4.2/5, but Goodreads doesn't fly like that.) Overall, a really good read about Christian Community. I'd definitely recommend if you're a Christian and are struggling/have struggled with loneliness. My only critique is that this book really needed to have a chapter about boundaries - boundaries are healthy and necessary in all relationships, and it'd be great if this book had touched on how to establish healthy boundaries whilst in Christian community.