The Relational Disciple

I recently finished reading The Relational Disciple by Joel Comiskey. If you don’t know who Joel is, he is Cell Church pastor and ministry leader that has written on the Cell Church model.

Below are some quotes that I gleaned from this book.

“I believe God first uses the community in the inner circle to mold and shape His disciples. It’s with these people that we first successfully practice the one-anothers, growing through conflict, and the other concepts discussed in the book...Some are eager to start with the crowd. They yearn to be in front of people. God’s plan, however, is to start small. God molds His disciples through those who have more intimate knowledge of their lives and ministry.”

“The early church sacrificed their time and physical dwellings to live in community…their God-inspired community shone brightly to their neighbors.”

Francis Schaeffer points out: “People are looking to us to produce something that will bring the world to a standstill—human beings treating human beings like human beings. The church should be able to do this because they are—first, men made in the image of God, then brothers within the church and Christian community on the basis of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”