I recently read Neil Carter's book CHRIST IN Y'ALL, and I was both encouraged and challenged by it. Neil reminds us that the Christian life is to be lived in community, not in isolation. The illustrations and analogies that Neil uses are so good and are effective in communicating his message--that we ALL make up the Body of Christ. Each of us is an important part of that Body, and God speaks to and through every one of us.
Neil takes a hard look at our church traditions and invites us to question why we do some of the things we do. Are they effective? Are they meaningful? Or are they possibly a hindrance? This is not to say that all church traditions are fruitless, but they should all be examined. HOW we gather as a church is one of these to be examined. Neil suggests that meeting in homes creates a family atmosphere, which is more inviting and more conducive to the natural growth of relationships and community than the atmosphere created in a large church building. It is much harder for people to "slip through the cracks" among a group of twenty than among a group of 500!
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in fostering a community of faith. Neil's book is well-written in a conversational tone and is quite effective in portraying the methods and reasons for living this life of faith with others around us.
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