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Called To Community

Author: Eberhard Arnold
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ISBN: 9780874867435
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Why, in age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God's people. Increasingly, today's Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ's call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God. Of course, such a life together with others isn't easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners--people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul. Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book's fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.

Jesus And Community

Author: Gerhard Lohfink
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451408720
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The author calls the present-day church to once again be the "contrast society," which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian.

Living Into Community

Author: Christine D. Pohl
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467431869
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Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy, life-giving communities. In Living into Community Christine Pohl explores four specific Christian practices -- gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality -- that can counteract those destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and sustain vibrant communities. Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience and interacting with the biblical, historical, and moral traditions, Pohl thoughtfully discusses each practice, including its possible complications and deformations, and points to how these essential practices can be better cultivated within communities and families.

One Life

Author: Scot McKnight
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310412129
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What is the “Christian life” all about? Studying the Bible, attending church, cultivating a prayer life, witnessing to others—those are all good. But is that really what Jesus has in mind? The answer, says Scot McKnight in One.Life, lies in Jesus’ words, “Follow me.” What does it look like to follow Jesus, and how will doing so change the way we live our life—our love.life, our justice.life, our peace.life, our community.life, our sex.life—everything about our life. One.Life will open your eyes to the full, compelling immensity of what it means to be a Christian. “Jesus offers to us a kingdom dream that transforms us to the very core of our being,” says Scot McKnight. “His vision is so big we are called to give our entire life to it. His vision is so big it swallows up our dreams.” Discover exactly what Jesus meant when he announced the arrival of God’s kingdom. Equipping you with a new understanding of that kingdom’s radical nature, One.Life shares profound, challenging, and practical insights on how to demonstrate its reality in your life. In many ways, what The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer challenged Christians to do in earlier generations, One.Life will do for a new generation. One.Life will call you beyond the flatlands of religiosity toward a kingdom vision that will shape everything you do.

Slow Church

Author: C. Christopher Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830841148
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Suggests that modern religion is too fast paced and that a slower approach should be used so that parishioners get a more fulfilling experience.

Beyond Charity

Author: John M. Perkins
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1585582115
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A powerful call to action to bring reconciliation and restoration to broken communities.

The Cost Of Community

Author: Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830836357
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St. Francis of Assisi heard Jesus' message in the Sermon on the Mount and ordered his life around it. Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and the Little Flowers Community are doing the same. This book is a field report with insights about what life together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers and demands. Discover the true cost of community.

A Meal With Jesus

Author: Tim Chester
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 1433521431
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Meals have always been important across societies and cultures, a time for friends and families to come together. An important part of relationships, meals are vital to our social health. Author Tim Chester sums it up: “Food connects.” Chester argues that meals are also deeply theological—an important part of Christian fellowship and mission. He observes that the book of Luke is full of stories of Jesus at meals. These accounts lay out biblical principles. Chester notes, “The meals of Jesus represent something bigger.” Six chapters in A Meal with Jesus show how they enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation, and promise. Moving from biblical times to the modern world, Chester applies biblical truth to challenge our contemporary understandings of hospitality. He urges sacrificial giving and loving around the table, helping readers consider how meals can be about serving others and sharing the grace of Christ.

Kingdom Come How Jesus Wants To Change The World Large Print 16pt

Author: Allen M. Wakabayashi
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458726959
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SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM God is up to something! And his plans are far greater than we might imagine. Christianity is not merely about isolated individuals going to heaven. It's about God transforming the entire world and making things right. Sicknesses will be healed, sins will be forgiven, injustice will be eradicated, and all creation will be redeemed. But this is not merely a distant future. It's happening now through what Jesus came to establish - the kingdom of God. Allen Wakabayashi reawakens us to the world-changing reality of the kingdom of God. With clear, biblical insight, he unpacks what Jesus proclaimed about the good news of the kingdom and spells out the implications for us today. Focusing on the kingdom of God will revolutionize how we live out our faith, how we think about our world and how we explain the good news about Jesus. Ultimately, understanding ourselves as citizens of the kingdom will empower us to be God's change agents in the world. God is at work to restore everything to be the way he intended, and we can be a part of what he is doing. Get a glimpse of the kingdom coming, and experience his will being done - on earth as it is in heaven.

Life Together

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060608528
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After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.