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Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship

October 31, 2012

My man Thabiti has published an excellent collection of his sermons on the necessity and nature of spiritual fellowship within the local church. The book is The Life of God in the Soul of the Church. No church is truly worshiping God without pursuing true fellowship in the Spirit. In this book, Thabiti guides us through some key texts on this indispensable truth.

Recently, Thabiti was asked a few insightful questions concerning the contents of this book. The following question was particularly encouraging to me. Thabiti reminds us of our need to have affection for that which Christ has affection, namely the church.

What do you most hope pastors will walk away with as a result of reading this book? What about lay Christians?

 My hope is that pastors and people will have a deepened or perhaps renewed love for the bride of Christ. I’ve come to think that problems in gathering with the church or objections to membership in the church are really affection problems. There’s some defect in our appreciation of the beauty and splendor of the local church, so we don’t love her as we ought. If I could ask the Lord to do one thing in this book it would be to open our hearts to love the local church more deeply.

Amen!  You can read the rest of the interview here.

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