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The Good and Beautiful Community (#03 in The Apprentice Series)

James Bryan Smith

The Good and Beautiful Community (#03 in The Apprentice Series)

James Bryan Smith

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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.^



- Publisher James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min, Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute at Friends University. A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovare Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels .

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About "The Good and Beautiful Community (#03 in The Apprentice Series)"

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.^


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James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min, Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute at Friends University. A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovare Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels .
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James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministery, Renovar, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook; Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster); Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.

Most recently he has been involved in developing the Appprectice Series- throughout the series, which includes The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautful Life and The Good and Beautiful Church, Smith helps us discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • How To Get The Most Out Of This Book
  • 1 The Peculiar Community
  • soul Training: Two-by-four
  • 2 The Hopeful Community
  • soul Training: Sharing Your Faith
  • 3 The Serving Community
  • soul Training: Treasuring Our Treasures
  • 4 The Christ-centered Community
  • soul Training: Loving Those We Disagree With
  • 5 The Reconciling Community
  • soul Training: Experiencing Reconciliation
  • 6 The Encouraging Community
  • soul Training: Finding An Accountability Friend
  • 7 The Generous Community
  • soul Training: Stewardship Of Resources
  • 8 The Worshiping Community
  • soul Training: Worship
  • 9 Writing A Soul-training Plan
  • Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
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  • Catalogue Code 306417
  • Product Code 9780830835331
  • ISBN 0830835334
  • EAN 9780830835331
  • Pages 240
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spiritual Growth
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Formatio
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #6222
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

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