Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community

Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community

by Ruth Haley Barton


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835867
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 12/07/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 520,124
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) is founder and president of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors and ministry leaders, equipping them to cultivate communities of spiritual transformation that discern and do the will of God. Over the last fifteen years Ruth has developed the content and process of the Center?s two-year Transforming Community® experience. Along with the Transforming Center team, she has guided hundreds of pastors and ministry leaders through this experience, which has profoundly influenced this book.
A sought-after teacher, preacher, retreat leader and spiritual director, Ruth has served on the pastoral staff of several churches. Trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, she also serves as adjunct professor of spiritual formation at Northern Seminary.
Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life, including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership and Pursuing God's Will Together. She is also the coauthor of An Ordinary Day with Jesus: Experiencing the Reality of God in Your Everyday Life (Willow Creek Resources), and author of an online resource titled eReflections, spiritual guidance via email.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Inconvenient Truth

1. Between the Now and Not Yet: Choosing to Walk Together

2. And Jesus Himself Came Near: Welcoming the Stranger

3. And They Stood Still Looking Sad: Choosing to Listen Rather than Fix

4. But We had Hoped . . . Gathering on the Basis of Shared Desire

5. The Women of Our Group have Astounded Us: Men and Women in Community

6. Was it Not Necessary that the Messiah Should Suffer? The Nature of the Spiritual Journey

7. He Explained to Them the Scriptures: Finding Our Story in His Story

8. Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us? Discerning the Presence of Christ

9. Then They Told What had Happened on the Road: You are Witnesses of These Things

Appendix A

Appendix B

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