There are so many books out there about the Church. What is the Church supposed to look like? What does it mean to be the body of Christ? Answers to these questions are nearly countless, along with the material written about them. But Tony Evans gives us a great compliment to all of these resources in Experiencing God Together. His insights into the horizontal life of the Church as people living together and how this impacts our vertical relationship with God are encouraging and convicting at the same time.
Evans sets out to show how truly living as a biblical family and community deeply changes how we experience our relationship with God. To do this, he looks at all of the “one another” passages in Scripture. These make up a majority of the chapters in the book. Some examples are: loving one another, encouraging one another, accepting one another, serving one another, restoring one another, etc. All of these “one another” passages should be a part of the Christian life as we live life with each other. We are not meant to go it alone as Christians and Evans explains what this looks like and how we take part in it all.
The biggest impact of this book on my thinking was the intimate connection between every aspect of the Christian life. Everything effects everything in our walk with the Lord. What we do, think, and say will have an impact on our walk, for better or for worse. How we choose to love and interact with one another will have an impact on our walk with God, for better or for worse.
What this book does is take these biblical commands to love and serve others and encourages us to truly live them out, not simply for ourselves but for the glory of God and for the sake of experiencing the abundant life that God has called us to. We will not experience this abundant life if we crowd in on ourselves and refuse to love others. God has created us to thrive together. If this is something you recognize and are wanting more of, check this book out! It is a wonderful resource to have and to share with others.
*This book was graciously provided by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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