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The Community Life of God: Seeing the Godhead As the Model for All Relationships Paperback – October 31, 2009
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A Book Review of "The Community Life of God: Seeing the Godhead As the Model for All Relationships" by Milt Rodriguez
Reviewed by David D. Flowers
"God is not an individual" says Milt Rodriguez. "He is a fellowship of three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (p.14).
In The Community Life of God, Rodriguez weaves together the story of God's desire to plant himself in His people. God's image is a "communal" image. The Lord created man in His image of community. And taking from the Tree of Life (i.e. Christ) is to take from the relational God.
It was in the Garden of Eden that the serpent sought to keep God's image from becoming a reality in the hearts of men. The enemy of God presented man with individual living out of his own soul-life (i.e. will, emotions, intellect). Instead of man pursuing spiritual living after taking from the communal life of God, he experiences separation from God and other men.
Rodriguez proposes that much of Christian activity today is spent furthering the individualistic mindset that is so popular in our culture. Even when believers come together corporately there is not an understanding of God's image among us. Church life is more than socializing and individual Christian ministries.
Milt writes, "Personhood and identity can only be defined by relating to others. You will never truly "find yourself" until you are living in the community life of God" (p.62)
What is the sort of fellowship the Lord desires among his ekklesia?
"This fellowship is the place where there is nothing to hide. Complete truthfulness and complete honesty rule here. The Father, Son, and Spirit do not hold back anything from one another...Read more ›
It is frequently out of print unfortunately (and undeservedly), but you can always purchase it via Kindle, and if you don't have a reader, read it on a free Kindle app for your computer and other devices. You can get the Kindle apps from Amazon -- they're dead simple to install. Even I didn't need to get my teen-aged daughter to help me! ;)
In addition, I would recommend all of Milt's books. They are centered on our Lord and you will gain immeasurably from reading them. In fact, EVERY Christian should read his books. They are all that good
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Excellent book; first of its kind that I've read. I highly recommend it for all ministers of the Word as well as common lay people who desire to know God in all of His total being... Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by The Scribe
My husband and I are studying this book with a few friends. More than one person has said," I feel like I need to read the Bible all over again, through the lens of community... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Perennial Favorite
"Christian community happens when believers share daily life in pursuit of the kingdom of God. Community is a place where all members experience fellowship and acceptance because... Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Jim Puntney
The Community Life of God is a tremendous book. Reading it will stretch you in many ways. We unfortunately look at almost everything individualistically and in this book you will... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by A. Roach