The Good and Beautiful Community

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Pub. Date: 2010-09-01
Publisher(s): Ivp Books
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A compelling portrait of Christian community.  April 9, 2011
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The 3rd book in a series, this is an excellent textbook which I felt was the most meaningful of the 3 (and all are excellent). This is a great textbook for small groups to work through together. This textbook provides a great perspective on the next stage of the church and ties his two prior books together as a series. I have rented this book from ecampus, it delivered in the estimated time and in a great condition.

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In this third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps us know how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. "Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders," he writes. "They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live."

Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then once again offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls. His insight and humility as a fellow learner with us will lead us to live in authentic ways as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
How to Get the Most Out of This Bookp. 21
The Peculiar Communityp. 23
Soul Training: Two-by-Four
The Hopeful Communityp. 43
Soul Training: Sharing Your Faith
The Serving Communityp. 65
Soul Training: Treasuring Our Treasures
The Christ-Centered Communityp. 83
Soul Training: Loving Those We Disagree With
The Reconciling Communityp. 105
Soul Training: Experiencing Reconciliation
The Encouraging Communityp. 125
Soul Training: Finding an Accountability Friend
The Generous Communityp. 147
Soul Training: Stewardship of Resources
The Worshiping Communityp. 169
Soul Training: Worship
Writing a Soul-Training Planp. 189
Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guidep. 203
Notesp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
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