A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design

A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design In this compelling book, Scot McKnight shares his personal experience in the church as well as his study of the Apostle Paul to answer this significant question What is the church supposed to be For most of us the church is a place we go to on Sunday to hear a sermon or to participate in worship or to partake in communion or to fellowship with other Christians Church is all contained within one or two hours on Sunday morningThe church the Apostle Paul talks about is designed by God to be a fellowship of difference how people differ socially and differents how people differ culturally God did not design the church to be a two hour experience on Sunday but a mixture of people from all across the map and spectrum men and women, rich and poor, Caucasians or African Americans, and Mexican Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, and Indian Americans, and a mixture of people with varying personalities and tastes The church McKnight grew up in was a fellowship of sames and likes There was almost no variety in his church White folks, same beliefs about everything, same tastes in music and worship and sermons and lifestyle Because of his experience, he writes incisively and compellinglyThe church is God s world changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the table to share life with one another as a new kind of family When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be The church is God s show and tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a family


10 thoughts on “A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together

  1. Rizello Rizello says:

    Best book I have read in a very long time The author talks about how church was meant to be a place where different people come together, not a place where everyone thinks the same.


  2. Julius Julius says:

    Scot McKnight s Fellowship of Differents Showing the World God s Design for Life Together is a book that addresses questions everyone is asking these days Can a person be a Christian and not be part of the church Or, is involvement in the church an essential, even constitutive part of what it means to b


  3. Nick Cady Nick Cady says:

    I was hesitant to read a book by Scot McKnight because of things I have heard about him and his association with the new perspective on Paul , but I ended up reading the book because I was interested in studying the topic of God s vision for the Church and it was recommended by Timothy Keller on Twitter In the


  4. Jason Kanz Jason Kanz says:

    Since becoming interested in theology, I have always thought of Scot McKnight as a different from me He understands certain theological issues differently than I do However, I am a faithful reader of his excellent blog, Jesus Creed More often than not, he causes me to think outside of my normal box.In his book A Fellow


  5. Richard Coombs Richard Coombs says:

    This is one of the best books on the church that I have read It s is up to McKnight s usual standard and has a good mix of theological refection and practical pastoral illustrations The chapter on The Table of Connection was a strong reminder of the place and meaning of table fellowship.


  6. Philip Taylor Philip Taylor says:

    I really liked this book Thankfully the salad bowl analogy which did not add anything to the book was dropped about one third of the way through But on the whole, McKnight really gets you thinking about local church.


  7. Jerry Hillyer Jerry Hillyer says:

    FellowshipDifferentsI only recently jumped on the Scot McKnight bandwagon This year, in fact, although I have followed him on Twitter for a while and, if I am not mistaken, reviewed a book he wrote on Fasting a long while ago I became interested in McKnight s writing when I saw another of his books called The King Jesus Gospel and in his impo


  8. Stan Stan says:

    Scot McKnight has given us a glimpse of church, not from a theological or methodological point of view, from a practical, attitudinal point of view The only real way to do this is to mine the New Testament for the details And, grace is in the details So is mercy And love Oh, if you didn t know, it is also pretty messy I really liked this book, though


  9. Joel Wentz Joel Wentz says:

    McKnight is GREAT at writing theology on a popular pastoral level, and Fellowship is a good example of this His ideas are very accessible, clearly biblically rooted, and replete with memorable illustrations and analogies the salad image will stick with me for a long time In all these ways, he has provided a service to the church, and Fellowship is a book tha


  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    Scot McKnight writes a heck of a hook the premise of the opening chapters had me turning the pages forHowever, I didn t feel the back half of the book delivered on the potential As the pastor church planter of a group called The Table I was particularly disappointed by the chapter called Table It was conceptual and theoretical, when I was looking for hands on practi


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