Book Review: A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together, by Scot McKnight
“God’s mission in this world is to create the church where God’s will is lived out by all of God’s people. God’s new creation grace and love are experienced at the table of Christian fellowship and create a new people, a new community, and a new way of life marked by a holiness the Roman Empire either despised or had never seen embodied in a community.”
The quote above sums up Scot McKnight’s theme and purpose in his book on the church, A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. He wants to show the world what the church and the Christian life is supposed to look like.
After describing his church background in chapter one, the author describes the nature of the church in chapter two. He uses the metaphor of a salad bowl—a mixed salad of the best kind. The church is to be a mixture of people from all across the map and spectrum: men and women, rich and poor, black and white, and everything in between. The author believes that getting the church right is so important because it 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 the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together are designed by God to be.”
McKnight spends the rest of the book describing how grace, love, table, holiness, newness, and the Holy Spirit work together to guide the Christian life and shape the church. He uses the writings of the apostle Paul to flesh out his concepts and principles. He blends together biblical study, personal experiences, and concrete examples in an attempt to answer two fundamental questions: What is the church supposed to be? and If the church is what it is supposed to be, what does the Christian life look like?
The book will challenge your perception of the Christian life and leave you with a greater appreciation for the church.
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