The Christian community was dear to Bonhoeffer when he was living a secret life with his seminary students. Undoubtedly, he would want his readers to experience the Christian fellowship he longed for and was forced to experience in secret.
Book Review: Life Together
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, and was involved in plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II. He was arrested by the Nazis in 1943, imprisoned, and ultimately hanged in 1945.
This book was completed in 1938 while Bonhoeffer taught at an underground German seminary. It was published in 1939 under the German title of Gemeinsames Leben and first translated into English in 1954.
Bonhoeffer provides a beautiful guide for Christian fellowship. He discusses the role of personal prayer, corporate worship, Christian accountability and Christian service. We are directed to explore our life together as Christians under the grace of God and guidance of Scripture.
The reader is reminded that we as Christians have the privilege of living among other Christians. To and through each other we are able to express love, emulate Christ’s grace, practice forgiveness, grow from accountability, help each other mature and share a mutual bond found only in the blood of Christ. While we often act as if our fellow believer is a burden, it is through him that we truly see the gifts given by God.
Bonhoeffer investigates how we are to grow with our brothers and sisters. Common worship, prayer, study, sacraments, fellowship, confession and discipline are joys we are to feast upon.
About MikeMike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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