Among Friends

You can Help Make Your Church a Warmer Place
Among Friends coverNavPress. 1989.
238 pages. 13 chapters. 1 appendix.

When Jesus spoke of the one thing which would proclaim to the world that we belonged to him, he focused on our love for each other (Jn 13:35). Yet our practice of brotherly love, our commitment to harmony and unity, have lagged far behind our Lord’s ideal. The church is splintered and divided. Congregational wars are common. Unity in the body of Christ, though something Christ prayed for fervently, is not something we’ve managed to protect.

The greatest danger facing the church today is neither doctrinal nor moral, but relational. That is not to say there aren’t serious and significant doctrinal issues we must address within the Body. There are. It is, rather, to say that if we “fathom all mysteries and all knowledge” (1Co 13:2) but lack love, no one will care about our correct beliefs. It is not to say there aren’t serious and significant moral challenges facing those who claim to follow Christ. There certainly are. But if we cannot find a way to practice a radical and Christ-like love for each other, getting our moral house in order will do little good.

This book addreses the need for closer relationships in the family of God, a more profound fellowship, a community tied together not just by beliefs and lifestyle but by relational disciplines like respect, deference, forgiveness, and forebearance. This book explores attitudes, behaviors, and commitments that lead to peace and the protection of the Spirit’s gift of unity. Included are small group study questions and personal exercises for the practice of Christian harmony.

"Among Friends" Table of Contents

"Among Friends" Table of Contents


Sample chapter from "Among Friends"

Sample chapter from "Among Friends"

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