The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship by Thabiti Anyabwile
In this transformational book, trusted pastor Thabiti Anyabwile repositions our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of Divine life presented in Henry Scougal's classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is not individualistic, but is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centred on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another's sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel and grow spiritually together. The Life of God in the Soul of the Church is experienced personally by believing the truth and shared relationally in the church which leads to great joy and holiness.
Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor at Anacostia River Church, Washington, D.C. He is a Council member and his internationally regarded blog, Pure Church, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Foundations: Union with Christ
1 The Nature and Goal of Spiritual Fellowship (1 John 1) 15
2 The Body of Christ and Spiritual Fellowship (1 Cor. 12:12-27) 33
Part 2 Expressions: Applying Our Union
3 Love One Another (1 John 3:11-24; 4:7-20) 55
4 Fellowship and Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-11) 71
5 Partnership in the Gospel (Phil. 1:1-6) 89
6 Restoration and Encouragement (Gal. 6:1-5) 109
7 Suffering and Comfort (2 Cor. 1:3-11) 125
8 Forgive One Another (Eph. 4:1-6) 143
9 Sing to One Another (Eph. 5:19-21; Col. 3:16) 161
10 Fellowship of Giving (2 Cor. 8-9) 181
11 Accept One Another (Rom. 14:1-15:13) 203
12 Again … Love One Another (1 Cor. 13) 223
What People are Saying About This
R. Albert Mohler ~ President
In this new book, this gifted pastor takes us right into the heart of the New Testament Christianity and the very nature of the Church, demonstrating the fellowship that is one of the signs of the gospel - both to the church itself and to the watching world.
From the Publisher
In this new book, this gifted pastor takes us right into the heart of the New Testament Christianity and the very nature of the Church, demonstrating the fellowship that is one of the signs of the gospel - both to the church itself and to the watching world. ~ R. Albert Mohler (President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky)