by Nate Akin
We have decided to go through Bonhoeffer’s Life Together in our small groups this summer at IDC. This book had a major impact on me as I was coming out of a time of rebellion. This book taught and continues to teach me many things. However, during that time in my life, it taught me the absolute necessity of the community of faith for the life of the believer and the incredible means of grace that community is to the Christ follower.
I hope we at IDC see, treasure, and savor the gift that is life together in Christ. And I pray that this summer of study will strengthen us individually and corporately as we live life together seeking to see lives changed by the Gospel.
“‘Behold, how good and how pleasent it is for bretheren to dwell together in unity!’ (Ps. 133:1)… It is not simply to be taken for granted that the Christian has the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone…So between the death of Christ and the Last Day it is only by a gracious anticipation of the last things that Christians are privileged to live in visible fellowship with other Christians. It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God’s Word and sacrament.”
(Life Together, 17-18)