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Christ's Basic Bodies: Embracing God's Presence, Power, and Purposes in Holistic Small Group Life, Cell Groups, Home Groups, Life Groups, and Biblical Communities [Paperback]

By Ralph. W. Neighbour (Author) & Jr (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 19, 2009
Publisher   Touch Outreach Ministries
ISBN  0978877985  
EAN  9780978877989  


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Dr. Neighbour helps the reader understand that worshipping a historical Jesus without embracing an indwelling, eternal, and everlasting Christ will keep a small group a man-made gathering. When Christ's presence, power, and purposes are the sole focus of the gathering and every other agenda is set aside, it becomes a God-made group and takes off This is a deep theological look at the true origin of the church (the cross, not pentecost), the Holy Spirit and the use, abuse, and misuse of spiritual gifts today, and what is required of the members of a true biblical community. Like Dr. Neighbour's other books, this work pulls no punches... if it needs a good whack, he hits it five or six times for good measure

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Beyond Cells  May 11, 2010
Dr. Ralph Neighbour has done it again. From Survival Kit, to Arrival Kit, to Where Do We Go From Here and many titles in between, Ralph continues to challenge the church around the world to wake up and build together in relational yet expanding ways. It is not enough to gather in a home and call it church. If the home does not lead to the street and reach the lost, and bring them back to the home, and back to the street to repeat the cycle of reaching and restoring to reach yet others; don't call it church. Thank you Dr. Neighbour for another powerful book and for the powerful life that you have lived and are living to the glory of God. Dr. L. Douglas Dorman, President Your Next Step Ministries
 
An Editor's Review  Nov 28, 2009
I have to be honest. When I was asked to edit Ralph Neighbour's latest book, Christ's Basic Bodies, I was intimidated. As I then started reading the book, I was burdened by the weight of the life-changing potential of this book. I absolutely HAD to do a good job editing it because of what it could do for the people who read it.

Ralph Neighbour has a "voice" in the cell/holistic-small-group movement. That voice has never been stronger, even since Where Do We Go from Here?: A Guidebook for the Cell Group Church. Dr. Neighbour hasn't written just another book about small group ministry here. This is a book envisioning us for being the basic bodies of Christ as we should be.

Something is missing in many so-called Christian small groups ... Christ! I've been teaching our small group leaders about 7 signs of a healthy small group, the first of which is "Christ-centered." Christ's presence, power, and purposes are the most basic element of group life; it's central. None of the other 6 signs of a healthy group even make sense without this one. In Christ's Basic Bodies, Ralph Neighbour shows us how we can move to being the Bodies that Christ deeply desires for us to be.
 
The Bottom Line  Mar 22, 2009
If I were to use one word to describe this book I'd say: FINALLY!

Finally, a book that connects ecclesiology pragmatically with all the other dimensions of the Christian faith - Christology, pneumatology (spiritual gifts, operation of the Holy Spirit), soteriology, eschatology, sanctification, evangelism, etc.

This is not just another book promoting small group ministries (fortunately!). It is a demonstration of how grassroots participation in the Body of Christ can shape our approach to every area of the Christian life - and how church small groups have spiritual legitimacy only to the extent that they are centered on Jesus Christ and are functioning under His active control.
 
Are you struggling to find the true church?  Feb 17, 2009
As a person who really has been seeking what the true church that God really wants to build on this earth looks like, I dare can say that this book is the best of the best among all books that I have ever read in my life. It says the importance of the centrality of the Christ in the meeting of Christians(ekklesia), building with transparency and confession through authentic relationship among believers. We can call it "Cell" which can be described as "Christ's basic bodies."

Especially, it gives a great insight regarding the role of the Holy Spirit and Christ. I grew up "Charismatic" circumstances in the South Korea. Many believers in the South Korea had been affected by charismatic movement and it still keeps going as a lot of portion in there. I do not deny the Holy Spirit has poured great blessings to my country through this movement. However, that kind of situation had also diminished the importance of the centrality of the Christ. I have learned, from this book, that Christ is the center, source and everything, indwelling in the midst of our meeting but, the Holy Spirit is the manifester, helper and guider leading us to the Christ through "Interceding for us with groans that words cannot express."

As a Christian, I do not want to lose two things. Firstly, I do not want to lose the intimacy with the Christ during my whole life. Secondly, I really do not want to lose the intimacy with the people that I love as the family of God, belong to the same body of the Christ. I think that it could be possible as we understand the cell churches, Christ's basic bodies.

If you are a person who is struggling regarding "What is the true church that God really wants to build on this earth," I strongly recommend this book to you.
 
An Editor's Review  Jan 20, 2009
I was privileged to work with my dad to edit this book. Setting aside how proud I am of him and our familial relationship, I must say this book was an eye-opener for me.

Far too many Christians today serve a God that does not feel close or immanent. While they appreciate what the historical Jesus did for them on the cross, they do not recognize the indwelling Christ within themselves nor the Christ in the midst of a small group who has gathered in His name. This makes their small group experience anything but transformational and they have not entered into a truly biblical community.

I challenge you to read this book and examine your own heart and what you have experienced--or not experienced--in small groups. It profoundly moved me and I am sure it will affect you in the same way.
 

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