Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Life Together” is a classic on Christian Community! Every Community or Groups Pastor and small group leader should read this book! Though I highly recommend this book, I’m referring mainly to the second half. It’s a short book (122pgs) but not a quick read! There’s so much to chew on. Here are a few nuggets:

On Daily Meditation…

“We do not ask what this text has to say to other people…It is true that to do this we must first have understood the content of the verse, but here we are not expounding it or preparing a sermon or conducting a Bible study of any kind; we are rather waiting for God’s Word to us.” (p82)

On Intercession…

“Intercession means no more than to bring our brother into the presence of God, to see him under the cross of Jesus as a poor human being and sinner in need of grace.” (p86)

“He who denies his neighbor the service of praying for him denies him the service of a Christian.” (p86)

On Holding One’s Tongue…

“Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be expressed in words.” (p91)

On Meekness…

“If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all.” (p96)

On Helping and Bearing with Others…

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God…do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God.” (p99)

On Accountability…

“Nothing can be more cruel than the tenderness that consigns another to his sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin.” (p107)

On Confession…

“Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners! But it is the grace of the of the Gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand…” (p110)

“…dare to be a sinner.” (p111)

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