Tonight I’m leading a discussion on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work Life Together. The genius of this book is that forces us to think deeply about the meaning, function, and form of Christian community. Here’s a brief outline of the book:
Thesis: The church is formed by Christ to be the seed of the Kingdom of God in all the world.
Chapter 1: Community
Theme: The Christian community is a Divine reality built and sustained by the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Chapter 2: The Day with Others
Theme: Hymns, prayers, and fellowship are daily activities that unite the Christian community under the Word of God.
Chapter 3: The Day Alone
Theme: The Christian spends time alone for meditation, prayer, and intercession, so that they are strengthened for the benefit of the community.
Chapter 4: Ministry
Theme: Justification by faith leads the Christian community to actively serve others through meekness, listening, helping, bearing, and proclaiming.
Chapter 5: Confession and Community
Theme: Confessing our sins to each other and partaking of Communion with each other binds the Christian community together.