You were not meant to walk alone. Many of us struggle to forge deep relationships with God and other people. Modern society has isolated us as rugged individuals, deceiving us into thinking we can make it through life on our own. Individualism has likewise shaped the pattern of Christian discipleship, privatizing faith and separating us from fellow believers. But we come to know God best when others help us on the way. And our friendships develop best when we seek after God together. What would it look like to pursue God not by ourselves but in the company of friends?
According to the model of the New Testament, spiritual transformation takes place in the context of Christian community. By unpacking the Gospel narratives of Jesus' ministry with his disciples, Richard Lamb demonstrates how discipleship develops within the shared community life of groups of Christians. He explores a range of topics--such as spiritual friendship, hospitality, leadership, service, conflict, forgiveness and mission--in light of Christian community. Lamb says, "Part of my hope, or my strategy, is to assume that people either want friends, or they want God, but they need to find both, together."
Engaging stories from real-life experience show how people can form one another spiritually when their lives are tumbled against one another. If you long for more of God, deeper friendships or both, this book will help you on the journey. Discover the transforming power of discipleship in community. Join the pursuit of God in the company of friends.
“Everybody complains about American individualism, but nobody does anything about it. Rich Lamb is the rare writer who actually sketches a practical map of the path from solitary Christianity to the place where we meet God in the company of others.”
—David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today
“This book has forever influenced the way I view my pursuit of God and my relationships with friends. I highly recommend it to you!”
—Mark Gauthier, National Director, U.S. Campus Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ
“This book is a must-read for those who wish to experience the richness of the vertical relationship with God through the real-life horizontal friendships he has given us.”
—Mark Ashton, Associate Evangelism Director, Willow Creek Community Church