I found this to be a helpful video on Community and what we need to do. You can also pre-order a copy of the book this video is promoting, Community: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support (RE: Lit) on Amazon, which comes out September 30th.
Here are a couple quotes for your Friday evening reading. All three come from the chapter entitled Why Community? in Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re: Lit Books) by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. A book I am re-reading for maybe my third time. Really enjoying it, again!
In our experience, people are often enthusiastic about community until impinges their decision-making. For all their rhetoric, they still expect to make decisions by themselves fr themselves. We assume we are masters of our own lives. “It’s my money, it’s my life, it’s my future,” we say, “so it’s my decision.” In contrast, in The Crowded House we “expect one another to make decisions with regard to the implications for the church and to make significant decision in consultation with the church.” A married man must take into account his wife and family, consulting with them over significant decisions. It should be the same in the family of God. pg 45-46 (See Rom. 12.5)
Christ died for his people, and we are saved when by faith we become part of the people for whom Christ died. The story of the Bible is the story of God fulfilling the promise, “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God” (Ex. 6.7; Rev. 21.3) pg 39
By becoming a Christian, I belong to God and I belong to my brothers and sisters. It is not that I belong to God and then make a decision to join a local church. My being in Christ means being in Christ with those others who are in Christ. This is my identity. This is our identity. To fail to live out our corporate identity in Christ is analogous to the act of adultery: we can be Christian and do it, but it is not what Christians should do. pg 41.
I have had a few churches ask about supporting Redemption Hill, which I am extremely thankful for. One of the things they have asked for is a prospectus for Redemption Hill. So I figured I would post it on here on my blog for everyone to get. Download this 6 page .pdf for the mission and vision of Redemption Hill.
Pass this blog along to friends, family, or other churches so they can join in praying and supporting Redemption Hill. To join the prayer or support team, fill out this short form on RHCOMMUNITY.ORG
We are now into our fifth week of Community Thinking, and so far it’s going strong. One of the matrix to prove it is going well is that in each of the 232 blogs I have posted, they have averaged 2.3 comments. Of the four Community Thinking blogs there has been a total of 51 comments, which is 12.75 comments a post. So thanks for joining in! We will go for another month and see how things pan out.
For this week’s Community Thinking I wanted to open up the comments to help promote some reading. Since I enjoy reading and consume quite a few books a year, I am always looking for material to digest. Also, I figured since this week on the blog has been about books, with two post already about books (Chalmers and Bonhoeffer) I figured I would post another one. So this week I wanted to ask the following questions:
What’s the best book you have read this year, and what was so good about it?
Also what is one of your favorite books of all time and why?
So share away… Interact with each other! As a “thank you” I might just mail out some books to people who leave comments.
If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you would have noticed that I posted that there is a great deal on the Kindle version of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. I figured it is such a great deal that I would post a blog about it.
The normal price for this book on Kindle is $19.99 but if you act now you can grab it for $1.99, which is a steal for this 600+ masterpiece. If you don’t have a Kindle, it is well worth buying! Or you can download a FREE kindle reading app for you MAC, iPhone, Droid, and even a PC! READER
From Publishers WeeklyIn this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas (Amazing Grace) offers a comprehensive review of one of history’s darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world’s greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. Abundant source documentation (sermons, letters, journal entries, lectures, the Barman Declaration) brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer: his highly intellectual, musical family; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and students; his extensive study, work, and travel abroad. Tracing Bonhoeffer’s developing call to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his own time and a growing understanding that the church was called “to speak for those who could not speak,” Metaxas details Bonhoeffer’s role in religious resistance to Nazism, and provides a compelling account of the faith journey that eventually involved the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology.
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