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Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Life of God in the Soul of the Church - by Thabite Anyabwile

This is a good book.

Essentially it's a sermon series on various New Testament texts taken from the Epistles, texts that deal with our life as the church.

We live in a time of huge individualism, where commitment to the group (or even to one person) seems less and less attractive to people. It's a great opportunity for Christian people to show the reality of the church, the people of God, the body of Christ, the challenge of true community.

The problem is that we have all grown up in our culture, too, so we have to battle against that individualistic tendency ourselves. It's here that this book come in helpful.

Expositional, the book deals with passages of Scripture. I find this far more helpful than a simple topical approach.

Sermonic, the book addresses the reader personally, sometimes as "O beloved". The unbeliever is not forgotten, he's urged to seek salvation in Jesus Christ.

Practical, the book urges action on all Christians. Join your church. Be active in it. Care for people. Good examples are given of people in First Baptist Church, Cayman.

Spiritual, the book takes as its starting point our union with Jesus Christ. It's a very important doctrine and one that challenges us in many ways.

Do I have nothing negative to say ? Well sometimes some of the illustrations didn't speak very clearly to me. Is inclusion in Christ really like an "out-of-body experience" ? Perhaps for some folk that works better than it does for me.

But I repeat, this is a good book and it has the potential to do a lot of good !

1 comment:

Christian Focus Booknotes said...

Alan,

Thanks for being a part of the blog tour!