What Is Authentic Community?

community, family, churchAuthentic community begins with individuals being made into a family through the finished work of Jesus. This family acts as a family by:

* Living A Shared Life Around The Gospel – Acts 2:42-45
* Challenging Each Other To Live According To The Gospel – Colossians 3:16-17
* Going On Mission Together With The Gospel – Galatians 6:10

There are many resources that can help you better understand and practice authentic community. Here are a few that have helped me:

 

Books

Hellerman, Joseph H. When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic, 2009. Print.

Chester, Tim, and Steve Timmis. Total Church: a Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008. Print.

Wax, Trevin. Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010. Print.

Mahaney, C. J. Why Small Groups? Together toward Maturity. Gaithersburg, MD: Sovereign Grace Ministries, 1996. Print.

Chester, Tim. A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. Print.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and John W. Doberstein. Life Together: the Classic Exploration of Christian Community. New York: HarperOne, 1954. Print.

Bridges, Jerry. True Fellowship: the Biblical Practice of Koinonia. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1985. Print.

 

Sermons

Tim Keller – Prodigal God Series

And Kissed Him

Give Me Mine

He Came To Himself

He Welcomes Sinners

The True Older Brother

To Be Called Your Son

We Had To Celebrate

 

Mars Hill Sermons

It’s All About Jesus: Community by: Pastor James Harleman

It’s All About Jesus: Community by: Pastor Brad House

Community by: Pastor Tim Gaydos

 

Videos

Total Church Training Video: Session One with Steve Timmis

Total Church Training Video: Session Two with Steve Timmis

Total Church Training Video: Session Three with Steve Timmis