Rediscovering the lost art of living in community
On May 23, 2007, the world turns majority urban. The church has entered a new era of evangelizing and discipling a new breed of people who has little or no memory of what it means to live in a community. Without the context of community, we risk compromising the integrity of gospel work. Is it too late to recover the lost art of living together?
“This book succinctly and powerfully packs in the essentials needed for redressing a huge deficiency in today’s church: the failure to practice biblical community life. There are few areas where biblical religion clashes with contemporary lifestyles as starkly as the approach to community life. But pastor Kuo Yung shows that the biblical model is not an ideal that is impossible to attain. He lets the Bible inform us of the essentials and clearly shows how these can be practically worked out in our daily lives.” – Ajith Fernando, Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, and author of The NIV Application Commentary: Acts (Zondervan)
“It is said that the loss of community began with the invention of books. People no longer came together to learn; they could hide in a corner and read a book. Then came the radio. People no longer go to community events; they stayed home and listened to the radio. Following that came the television, but then families still sat together to watch it. The last blow to community could be the personal computer; everyone is now on his or her own. Pastor Kuo Yung, in his little book on “recovering the lost art of living in community” is taking on a big challenge. But he has God and Scripture on his side. Our Creator made us for community and the Bible shows us how. “Together Alive” spells out seven areas where the art of community need to be recovered. As a pastor building a community in a local church, the author writes as someone who knows the challenges, yet with clarity and passion, he exhorts us to find life and find it together.” – Rev Dr David Wong, Senior Pastor, Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church, Leadership Mentor & Book Author
THE GOSPEL COMMUNITY:
Where sharing lives is sharing Christ
Gospel & Community – a relationship gone awry? Rapid urbanization of our societies has taken its toll on the church, resulting in God’s people drifting apart.
This book demonstrates how the gospel, when deeply understood and radically practiced, is nevertheless able to birth, shape and sustain attractive communities in our cities, which will draw all kinds of people to Christ.
“Pastor Lam Kuo Yung has written a book that is a useful antidote to modern versions of Christianity that are highly individualistic. Many churches today are filled with consumer Christians pursuing their own personal ambitions. This book shows why this is a serious departure from the gospel by pointing to the communal nature of Christian faith and life – rooted in the communal life of the triune God. Like a breath of fresh air, this book offers a view of the church that is much-needed today – that it is a graced divine community, the Body of Christ, corporately reflecting the transforming power and winsome invitation and beauty of the gospel.” – Bishop Emeritus Robert Solomon, The Methodist Church in Singapore
Experiencing Jesus and His Abundant Life
Everybody knows a disciple follows Jesus. But the question which often baffles us modern disciples is, “Where are we following Him to?” The author highlights four critical aspects of discipleship – Gospel, Word, Community, and Mission – and demonstrates how Jesus’ abundant life can be experienced through them.