Disappointing Christian Community?

The following words are quoted by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis in Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission. I think Bonhoeffer hits at the heart of why many people find church community disappointing at times, and at the location of the solution.

“Those who dream of [an] idealized community,” warns Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “demand that it be fulfilled by God, by others, and by themselves. They enter the community of Christians with their demands, set up their own law, and judge one another and even God accordingly.”

He continues:


[We] can never live by our own words and deeds, but only by that one Word and deed that really binds us together, the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. . . . Christian community is not an ideal we have to realize, but rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is in Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly we will learn to think about our community and pray and hope for it.

A Simple Old Testament Introduction

The Old Testament is often viewed by Christians with suspicion and misunderstanding, this is understandable, it is a long and complicated part of the Bible. This course aims to remove some of these difficulties by building upon the pre-existing knowledge of students using a simple outline originally developed by Melton Short in The Old Testament Made Simple.
The original motes can be found and downloaded on Scrib.com or slideshare.net as well as being viewed below.

Old Testament Story Part 1 by Richard Chamberlain on Scribd

Making Disciples: Introduction

This short foundational level course is designed to introduce students to a deeper understanding of what a disciple is,  what the qualities of disciples of Jesus Christ are, and how to work to produce disciples based upon the Biblical pattern of Jesus.

Making Disciples Introduction Part 1/2 by Richard Chamberlain on Scribd

Making Disciples Introduction Part 2/2 by Richard Chamberlain on Scribd