The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual FellowshipBy: Thabiti Anyabwile
|Publisher||Christian Focus Publications|
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.
About Thabiti Anyabwile
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.
... an excellent book from an excellent communicator which will inspire and challenge.
Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology
...doctrinally rich and biblically faithful, with a vital message for today's church.
"It is both rooted in the exposition of God's Word and full of practical wisdom. I pray that God will use it to encourage many Christians to pursue the fullness of 'the life of God in soul of the church."
Tim Chester, Pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire
"Building on what Christ has accomplished for us, this apostolic view of sanctification fleshes out what it means also for Christ to be formed in us, as we are conformed to his image. For anyone who doubts the practical relevance of good theology, this book will be a turning point."
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California
"There can be no healthy church apart from true biblical fellowship; there can be no true biblical fellowship apart from the gospel. In this powerful book Thabiti Anyabwile draws these two together, anchoring the life of the church in the message of the church".
Tim Challies, Blogger at www.challies.com
"Picking up where Henry Scougal left off, Thabiti reminds us that the life of God, which is in the soul of man, is consequently and necessarily also in the soul of the church. In other words, union with Christ is not just an individual truth, it is also a corporate, covenantal possession as well. Thabiti leads us through several texts that confronts and comforts us with this truth. This is a much appreciated addition to our understanding of Christ-centered church life."
Anthony Carter, Lead Pastor, East Point Church, East Point, Georgia
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.
Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky