What practically are the basics when it comes to functioning as simple church? How do we let Jesus truly be the leader of the church and our times together as a church family? In part two, Tom and Gavin discuss the practical implications associated with experiencing the church family as people following King Jesus together! Help the algorithms like this podcast by liking, subscribing, commenting, and sharing this episode on platform of your choice. Thanks! YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/4akPPQ4ypNE Also available in audio only: Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/show/6hIJbIDV340lDCXSAa1l10?si=03923399655a4de7 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keep-it-simple-a-simple-church-podcast/id767718695?i=1000556808547 Visit the podcasts website: www.keepitsimplepodcast.com More information on simple church… Read More »Back 2 Basics (Part 2) – Keep it Simple Podcast #129
Posts linking to teachings from the simple church alliance or other encouraging sources.
What do we mean when we talk about house church, organic church, or simple church? I’m really excited to share these next two episodes with everyone as Tom and I discuss this foundational question! Today, a lot of folks mean a lot of different things when they talk about “church” and specifically house church. In fact, my understanding of church and the role the local house church plays within the Kingdom of God has changed over my 10+ year house church expedition. In this two part series Tom and I will go “back to the basics” of what it exactly… Read More »Back 2 Basics (Part 1) – Keep It Simple Podcast #128
It started like the sunrise–warm, gentle, faithful, quiet and full of beauty. You know how God works: He strings along a message like a strand of pearls–unmistakable and full of grace and glory. I think it began with rereading The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry in which John Mark Cromer encourages the reader to slow to the pace of Jesus. He poses a question, “What has happened to the personal quiet time?” He wonders if the QT was abandoned as a legalistic relic of the late 1990s. “Let’s bring it back.” He concludes. I felt a nudge in my heart like… Read More »Invitation to Rest (by Karla Duerson)
From my experience, a major obstacle standing in the way of many Christians engaging in discipleship, leading Bible Study, or helping start a simple church is the perception that they are an unqualified Bible scholar. While deepening knowledge and understanding of Scripture is to be desired, the lie that we are not qualified is major tool of the enemy in keeping Christians from helping friends and family understand God’s Word and grow in their faith. However, for centuries missionaries have helped new believers in places where no such qualified teachers exists to quickly and simply learn and teach others the… Read More »Discovery Bible Study in Simple Church
Francis Chan speaks at Moody Bible Institute about Acts 20:24 and shares many inspiring stories of God at work including a first-hand account of God miraculously healing children in Myanmar.
I am generally not someone who leads with the idea that simple church is the “most biblical” way to do church. For me, the idea that the New Testament church seemed to primarily gather in homes is helpful when explaining to folks why it’s normal for the church to primarily ebb and flow through homes, but It’s not my main motivation for advocating simple/house/organic church. For me primarily, simple church is just what makes the most sense given what I know about Jesus, how He has worked in my life, and how I have witnessed His Kingdom operate. However, this… Read More »Maybe it’s a bigger deal than we think?
Through this Transition series, I have been encouraged and reminded of where I want my focus to be: living in God’s love. Any believer will be encouraged and challenged by this series–especially those of you who are seeking to walk with Christ outside the traditional structures we have called “church.”
Below is an “open letter” that Jeff Herron posted to facebook and I’m reposting here with his permission. I thought Jeff articulated well what I find many simple/house church folks are trying to express–especially to loved ones and other brothers and sisters who may not understand why they are doing what they are doing. Jeff has posted on this site before and he and his family continue to be an encouragement to me and to many involved in simple churches across the region. ————— An Open Letter By Jeff Herron To: My friends and family who regularly attend traditional church… Read More »Why I No Longer Go To Church – An Open Letter (by Jeff Herron)
Celebrating the podcast’s fourth birthday with an important discussion on how to stay together as a simple church and multiply at the same time! Thanks for listening!