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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
The Spirit-filled Small Group

Here's one more good book to add on to my recommendation list! No matter which view you held to in regards to ekklesiology, this book certainly is a great resource book for anyone who desires to see the Spirit, with His life-transforming power, to work freely in and throughout the small group (support group, cell group, house church etc). Particularly, I am really appreciative of the fact that the author agrees that leadership is not about position but influence, which I think is encouraging to hear that from a pastor! What's even interesting is that the book even have a small section arguing for the house church model, though I am equally baffled by the fact that he did not go as far out as being true to the house church model (he founded a cell-based church instead). I figured it's generally our human weakness not to be able to fully place our trust in God and His ways in regards to both our lives and church life. But I would refrain from being judgmental (though we ought to judge) since I understand that everyone can approach the same issue with different motives. May God alone be our Judge for our motives behind our actions and convictions. Nevertheless, his insights in regarding to the small group principles are immensely practical and biblically sound, and should interest any serious reader who is committed to enhancing the community life of the small group he belongs to, be it a support group, cell group or house church. Praise be to God!

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