The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile
Also available as an e-book
In this book Thabiti Anyabwile transforms our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of divine life presented in Henry Scougal's classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centered on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another's sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel, and grow spiritually together. The Life of God in the Soul of the Church, experienced personally by believing the truth, shared relationally in the church, leads to great joy and holiness.
“There can be no healthy church apart from true biblical fellowship; there can be no true biblical fellowship apart from the gospel. In this powerful book Thabiti Anyabwile draws these two together, anchoring the life of the church in the message of the church”.
Tim Challies, Blogger at challies.com
"In his new book, this gifted pastor takes us right into the heart of New Testament Christianity and the very nature of the church, demonstrating the fellowship that is one of the signs of the gospel both to the church itself and to the watching world."
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
“It is both rooted in the exposition of God's word and full of practical wisdom. I pray that God will use it to encourage many Christians to pursue the fulness of 'the life of God in the soul of the church'.”
Tim Chester, a pastor of The Crowded House in Sheffield, director of the Porterbrook Seminary.
“Picking up where Henry Scougal left off, Thabiti reminds us that the life of God, which is in the soul of man, is consequently and necessarily also in the soul of the church. In other words, union with Christ is not just an individual truth, it is also a corporate, covenantal possession as well. Thabiti leads us through several texts that confronts and comforts us with this truth. This is a much appreciated addition to our understanding of Christ-centered church life.”
Anthony Carter, Lead Pastor, East Point Church, East Point, Georgia.