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It is hoped that the various perspectives provided in Elusive Community will stir you up to seek Jesus about connecting His life in you with His life in others. Father, Son and Spirit have always been an ongoing community. They created human beings for community and belonging. Humans are relational at their core. But sin has come and wrecked relationships in untold ways. Many have come to view relationships like the thorns that came after Adam and Eve’s errant behavior. But Jesus by His cross created a New Humanity, a New Species, a Third Race where loving, accepting and safe communities emerged everywhere the Gospel was preached. These communities were far from perfect, but they were also far from functioning like earthly organizations. Taking their cue from Jesus, they were lovingly counter-cultural. May you be encouraged to be in step with Jesus’ heart for His people to be in community, to be a display of His Kingdom now to the principalities and powers!
There are 58 "one anothers" in the New Testament, 0 information about "the pastor." According to how "church" is done in most quarters, the existence of the church and all its eggs are put into the one basket of "the pastor." C. Peter Wagner reflects this general outlook when he asserts, "The local church is like a company with one company commander, the pastor, who gets his orders from the Commander-in-Chief... The pastor has the power in the growing church... The pastor of a growing church may appear to outsiders as a dictator, but to the people of the church, his decisions are their decisions." There have been thousands of books published about the aspects of church leadership, but comparatively very little time has been spent on the necessity of the church to "love one another," and all the rest of the one anothers that flow out of Christ's new command. Based on observations since 1965, Jon Zens' conclusion is that we need more and more of Christ, and less and less of the traditional views of "leadership." This book sets forth the Jesus-centered way of functioning as brother and sisters in the Body of Christ... Contributors span from 1937 - 2013: Hans van Campenhausen, Judy Schindler, Bruce Davidson, Daryl Erkel, Matthew & Christa McKirkland, Hendrik Hart, Russ Ross, Lawrence Burkholder, R.L. Wysong, Norbert Ward, Katt Huff, Stephen Crosby, Fydor Dosteyevsky, H.L. Mencken, John Howard Yoder, and Frank Viola... These authors take issue with the traditional understandings of church life, and point the way to Christ, the only rightful Leader of the ekklesia.