Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community
:Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize...
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:Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don't know how to experience transformation together.Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that's where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways-right where they are on the road of real life.
Ruth Haley Barton is co-founder and president of The Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors and Christian leaders. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Equal To The Task and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.
- :introduction: An Inconvenient Truth1. Between The Now And Not Yet: Choosing To Walk Together2. And Jesus Himself Came Near: Welcoming The Stranger3. And They Stood Still Looking Sad: Choosing To Listen Rather Than Fix4. But We Had Hoped . . . Gathering On The Basis Of Shared Desire5. The Women Of Our Group Have Astounded Us: Men And Women In Community6. Was It Not Necessary That The Messiah Should Suffer? The Nature Of The Spiritual Journey7. He Explained To Them The Scriptures: Finding Our Story In His Story8. Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us? Discerning The Presence Of Christ9. Then They Told What Had Happened On The Road: You Are Witnesses Of These Thingsappendix Aappendix B