WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY EXTRAORDINARY?
When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen.
They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together.
Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely.
It is nothing short of amazing.
Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture's stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community.
6-Week group study included.
Dustin Willis is honest, practical, and biblical as he addresses the theme of community; specifically community within the church. He talks about how community and missions go hand in hand. God welcomes us to His table, His family, and we are to welcome others to our tables and our families. If we want to build community we must live life together by being real, helping one another, honoring and thinking good of others, and showing hospitality. I HIGHLY recommend this book for individual reading and group study.
Life in Community by Dustin Willis is a great book reminding Christians how we are to live our lives in a way that invites others into the family of God. Our world is super connected these days via the internet and social media. However, so many people would say that they are lonely. I love the truth that this book reminded me of. Filled with scripture and examples, I was challenged to begin inviting more people into our lives. I love the idea of opening our home more for the cause of Christ. The chapter on hospitality was especially helpful. "Hospitality is the practical outworking of the gospel into the rhythm of our everyday lives." "Entertaining seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless." I am thankful for the Christian community I am a part of .
For years I have been trying to encourage others to embrace community, I use the word fellowship. When I discovered this book, I was very excited, and I could not wait to read it. Dustin Willis wrote an excellent book, on a much needed subject. I am grateful to Dustin for such a fine book.
Dustin used Romans 12 as a proof text, as a foundation to propose biblical community. At first I was a little skeptical, uncertain that Romans 12 was the appropriate passage. But, as I continued to read the book, it became clear that Paul’s commands to individuals were/are for the benefit of community. Dustin writes about the loneliness that we all experience, and the innate God-given need for community. He emphasized the importance of love, transparency, encouragement, and hospitality. He defines hospitality, to ensure that there is no confusion about what hospitality is (thank-you Dustin). The book contains many passages from Scripture, way to go Dustin! He discusses real people, real scenarios, and even himself. The only chapter that I believe needs improvement, was the chapter discussing suffering (Persevering Together). Since suffering is such a tough topic, no one can fully explain suffering in context, within one chapter. Those who try, always write ambiguously (in my opinion).
Dustin provided practical, personal reflection questions at the conclusion of each chapter. The book includes a six week, small group, study guide for the purpose of aiding local churches. I believe, that the role of the church, and the role of individuals within the church, has been misunderstood for a long time. Life in Community, written by Dustin Willis needs to be read by pastors, deacons, church/group leaders, and everyone else.