This entire book was a ‘wow’ for me and I appreciated the careful spiritual guidance Bonhoeffer provided to his seminary students and to us as readers. He emphasized how critical it is for the entire body of Christ to work together. Bonhoeffer stated how a, “Christian needs others for the sake of Jesus Christ. It means, second, that a Christian comes to others only through Jesus Christ” (Bonhoeffer, 2015, p. 272). Apostle Paul confirmed this truth of unity in 1 Corinthians 12:27 as it reads, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” (New Living Translation, 1996). This unity manifests the presence of Christ as he dwells in each person.
The Christian community is supposed to be a, “source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer” (Bonhoeffer, 2015, p. 244). This joy should permeate everything that we do as a Christian community. We don’t need each other for our own sake, but for the sake of Christ and for those outside to see who Christ is by how we treat one another (Bonhoeffer, 2015, p. 272). This has challenged me to evaluate the culture and values in my ministry. I desire to have the presence of Christ and his joy pour out from our activities and gatherings.
Christian leaders must preserve the integrity of our Christian communities and not take their health for granted (Bonhoeffer, 2015, p. 118). If there are ungodly values existing in our communities, the...
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... shared? Along the lines of creating a community that shares and confesses, how would we then protect this community and detect if it was changing from being spiritually driven to emotionally driven? If our community begins to lean towards being emotionally driven, how would the Christian leaders need to act in order to redirect back to being spiritually driven?
Communion and prayer are critical pieces to a healthy community especially in setting the tone for daily living (Bonhoeffer, 2015, p. 894). What are the average western Christian church doing to grow prayer and communion? What are some of the practical strategies that churches are using to teach about the practice of prayer?
This book was beneficial for me. I believe these questions could help us as Christian leaders grow in our ministries. We can learn from one another and grow to become more like Christ.
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