Live 2017 Summer Reading Guide
Throughout the summer we’ll be studying what Jesus has to say about Christian community, and we’re thrilled to offer a nine-week study in conjunction with our summer sermon series. We hope this resource challenges us as a church to grow deeper in our faith and in our relationships, that we may “stir one another up” in our love for Jesus and one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
As you work through this study you’ll notice each day has a response component. We encourage you to dive deep into what you’re learning through your scriptural study and to take your time with fleshing out your response. In the months and years to come you’ll be able to look back on your responses and thank God for how he has worked in your life.
You’ll also notice that each week has a specific quote from an author named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, intended as commentary on each week’s topic and scriptural passages. Bonhoeffer’s contributions to Christian community are monumental and incredibly relevant while discussing what it means to live the Christian life.
About Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German pastor, theologian, author, and spy. He founded the Confessing Church in Germany just after Nazi leadership took control of his country. Throughout Nazi rule he passionately denounced their political tyranny, Jewish persecution, and influence over the established German church. Later in his career Bonhoeffer participated in the German resistance movement, for which he was imprisoned and eventually executed.
Bonhoeffer authored a host of works, including his best-known The Cost of Discipleship. In 1939, while teaching through his secret seminaries, Bonhoeffer wrote a thin little book called Life Together. Life Together is simply about the way Christians live in community with one another, featuring Bonhoeffer’s amazing insight into the weighty implications of the gospel on our daily lives. We are excited to include passages from Life Together and Bonhoeffer’s prison letters in this study as commentary on biblical passages relating to the way Christians build Christian community. We hope Bonhoeffer’s contributions will be encouraging and challenging as you consider what it means to live the Christian life.