Authentic 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:
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.
Tim Keller – Prodigal God Series
Mars Hill Sermons