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The Relational Disciple: How God Uses Community to Shape Followers of Jesus

by Joel Comiskey

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2009, Joel Comiskey

Praise for the Relational Disciple

“Joel Comiskey has not only shown us the need for relational disciples in our culture of isolationism, but -he’s also instructed us on how to become relational disciples. You’ll discover how to practice the one-anothers of Scripture in daily life, how to be successful with those closest to you, and how small group community will transform you and those without Christ. I enthusiastically recommend this book.”— RANDY FRAZEE Senior Minister of Oak Hills Church, author of bestselling books on community

“The Relational Disciple underscores the radical truth that Christian formation happens primarily in the context of relational community. Life-shaping occurs when we come to “know” and allow ourselves to be “known.” Chat rooms, texting, and even e-mails permit us to communicate in selective anonymity today. As Southwest Airlines reminds: “You can’t fax a handshake, mail a hug, or have a family reunion by e-mail.” While impression can take place at a distance—impact only occurs in some degree of closeness. This book will challenge today’s widespread acculturated western individualism. The identity of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is not created in isolation or at a distance. Experiencing life in Jesus is wrapped in “familiness” to allow us to thrive. That means we learn to be loved and accepted—to belong! So read and understand how to become what God has created us to be as brothers and sisters who in our togetherness reflect the Son, the Father, and the Spirit of Jesus in His world today.”— JULIE GORMAN Professor of Christian Formation and Discipleship, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

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