Does Christian Community Exist?

Quotes from My Weekend Reading

Bonhoeffer 2One of the great small books of the last century.  Not every thing in it is orthodox, and certainly not everything is of equal value, but for sheer weight of thoughtfulness on the implications of the gospel related to the issue of Christian community, Bonhoeffer is consistently challenging and helpful.

“Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this. Whether it be a brief, single encounter or the daily fellowship of years, Christian community is only this. We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ.” —Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p. 21

“God has willed that we should seek and find His living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of man. Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when be becomes uncertain and discouraged, …  And this also clarifies the goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation. As such, God permits them to meet together and gives them community.” —Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p. 23

“‘Seek God, not happiness’–this is the fundamental rule of all meditation. If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: that is its promise.” —Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p. 84

“Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!” —God, Deuteronomy 5:29 (ESV)

“The leader is someone who, like Joshua, has already undertaken specific tasks successfully and who has demonstrated a loyalty to God’s Word even when that means standing out from the crowd..” —Richard Hess, Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary, p.23

Re-posted while I am away at the National Free Church Conference. (July 1, 2013)

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