Richard Lamb's The Pursuit of God in the Company of Friends has been a great springboard into a number of the ideas I've been sharing in my current teaching series at Valley Christian Church. I finish the series next Sunday, February 19.
The Pursuit of God in the Company of Friends
by Richard Lamb
You were not meant to walk alone. Many of us struggle to forge deep
relationships with God and other people. Modern society has isolated us
as rugged individuals, deceiving us into thinking we can make it through
life on our own. Individualism has likewise shaped the pattern of
Christian discipleship, privatizing faith and separating us from fellow
believers. But we come to know God best when others help us on the way.
And our friendships develop best when we seek after God together. What
would it look like to pursue God not by ourselves but in the company of
friends? According to the model of the New Testament, spiritual
transformation takes place in the context of Christian community.
unpacking the Gospel narratives of Jesus' ministry with his disciples,
Richard Lamb demonstrates how discipleship develops within the shared
community life of groups of Christians. He explores a range of
topics--such as spiritual friendship, hospitality, leadership, service,
conflict, forgiveness and mission--in light of Christian community.
Engaging stories from real-life experience show how people can form one
another spiritually when their lives are tumbled against one another.
If you long for more of God, deeper friendships or both, this book will
help you on the journey. Discover the transforming power of discipleship
in community. Join the pursuit of God in the company of friends.