The Cost of Community
Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his...
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Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving Islamic neighbors even as his church and state waged war on them. Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his friends and neighbors in the new monastic community of Little Flowers in urban Winnipeg likewise heard Jesus' message and ordered their lives around it. This book is Jamie's field report, offering surprising insights about what life together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers us, and what it demands of us. The sermon still rings out today, offering perplexing encouragement and at times daunting challenges to us and our neighbors. Will you hear what Jesus has to say?
Jamie Arpin-Ricci is an urban missionary, pastor, church planter and writer living in Winnipeg's inner-city West End neighborhood. He is founding codirector of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Urban Ministries Winnipeg with his wife, Kim. He has served with YWAM in Canada since 1994, bringing him to eleven nations. Arpin-Ricci is also an active blogger as well as founder and pastor of Little Flowers Community, a missional church plant that is a partnership between YWAM and the Mennonite Church Manitoba.
- Foreword By Jonathan Wilson-hartgrove
- 1. Setting The Stage
- 2. Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
- 3. Blessed Are The Mourners And The Meek
- 4. Blessed Are The Justice Cravers, The Merciful And The Pure In Heart
- 5. Blessed Are The Peacemakers And The Persecuted
- 6. Of Salt, Light And The Law
- 7. Oaths, Eyes And Enemies
- 8. Hiding In Plain Sight
- 9. The Disciple’s Prayer
- 10. A Confident Kingdom
- 11. From Judgment To Humility
- 12. Gates And Fruit
- Conclusion: The Wise Builder (or "go And Do Likewise")
- Recommended Reading
- Discussion Guide