4 Stars Out Of 5
Recovering the community of the church
September 6, 2013
For far too many of us, church is a place we go to on Sunday mornings and something that has minimal relevance to our lives the rest of the week. Yes, we enjoy our time when we are there and even have friendships with others that we hold dear. But truth be told, when we hold up the contemporary church experience to the biblical model, we cannot help but notice that something is missing. The Lord Jesus Christ did not die to create a Body that would gather every seven days to pray, sing hymns together, and listen to a sermon, only to depart from one another until the next time they would meet. Our Savior meant for His people to live as family throughout the week with genuine care and concern for one another. In Thabiti Anyabwile's book, "The Life of God in the Soul of the Church," the author challenges the followers of Christ to rediscover "the root and fruit of spiritual fellowship." In a series of twelve expositional messages delivered to his congregation at the First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Anyabwile appeals to the unity of the local church body by referring to a number of the "one another" passages found in the words of Jesus and the writings of Paul. The fact that his own congregation is diverse and multi-ethnic adds credibility to his exhortations. This is an extremely practical book recommended for pastors and church leaders who sense the need for bringing genuine Christian community to their churches.