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ACTING OUT! Lessons from the Book of Acts

Episodes Six through Ten

You may have noticed some short interruptions our podcast episodes that we call “Acting Out.” No, we are not misbehaving. Acting Out is the segment of our show when we look to the book of Acts in the Bible and find lessons from the early church. In this brief segment, we ask ourselves, If the 1st century church turned the world upside down then, what could the church today do equally well in the 21st century?

Since these episodes of Acting Out are very short, we have combined them into a series with five episodes in each download. We look forward to producing more episodes to include in our normal “Keep It Simple” podcast. Enjoy!

Acting Out Chapters 6-10

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ACTING OUT! Lessons from the Book of Acts

Episodes One through Five

You may have noticed some short interruptions our podcast episodes that we call “Acting Out.” No, we are not misbehaving. Acting Out is the segment of our show when we look to the book of Acts in the Bible and find lessons from the early church. In this brief segment, we ask ourselves, If the 1st century church turned the world upside down then, what could the church today do equally well in the 21st century?

Since these episodes of Acting Out are very short, we have combined them into a series with five episodes in each download. We look forward to producing more episodes to include in our normal “Keep It Simple” podcast. Enjoy!

Acting Out Chapters 1-5

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87: Curtis Sergeant and the Three Thirds Model of Discipleship

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Today, Tom and Gavin critique a simple model of Discipleship called the “Three Thirds” method offered up by Curtis Sergeant of the Zume´ Project. Let’s discuss what it means for a small group or Simple Church to Look Back, Look Up and Look Forward.

 

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84: What Can We Learn From Jesus’ Letters To The Churches Pt. 3

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Part three of three parts. In the book of Revelation, Jesus dictates seven letters to the seven churches in Asia during the time of the writing of the book. Gavin and Tom examine each of the letters to find common themes, exhortations, admonitions, and warnings for those churches and for the Church today. From these seven letters, we can get a composite vision of what Jesus expects from His Church, what He commends and what He condemns. What can the contemporary Simple Church learn from the seven letters in Revelation?
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82: What Can We Learn From Jesus’ Letters To The Churches Pt. 1

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In the book of Revelation, Jesus dictates seven letters to the seven churches in Asia during the time of the writing of the book. Gavin and Tom examine each of the letters to find common themes, exhortations, admonitions, and warnings for those churches and for the Church today. From these seven letters, we can get a composite vision of what Jesus expects from His Church, what He commends and what He condemns. What can the contemporary Simple Church learn from the seven letters in Revelation?

71: How Do You Study Scripture In Your Church?

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How important is the study of scripture to the life of your simple church? How is it done in your group? Do you have a technique or a format that works well with your church? Tom and Gavin share a few methods of studying the scriptures that they recommend.

Here are some notes about some of the Bible study methods we discussed today:

Discovery Bible Study Questions

  1. What did you like best?
  2. What did you like least?
  3. What did you not understand?
  4. What did you learn about God?
  5. What do you personally need to do about it?
  6. Who will you share this with? (or what do you want to take home?)

 

O. I. A.

  1. OBSERVATION: What do you notice about the passage? What’s going on? What are common themes? words? What questions does this bring up? What other scriptures help us understand this? What is the genre of this passage? Who is being spoken to? Who is speaking?
  2. INTERPRETATION: What does this passage MEAN? Not just what it means to you, but what does it mean in the context of to whom and when it was written?
  3. APPLICATION: How does this passage affect my life? What do I need to do or stop doing in response to this passage? How does my attitudes or behaviors need to change?

Gavin’s Dice Game:  Gavin has a set of Dice with characters on each side. Roll the die and respond according to what symbol is showing:

  1. Question Mark:   What questions do you have about the passage?
  2. Light Bulb:  What ideas does this scripture bring up? What other scriptures do you think of?
  3. Trinity:  What does this passage teach us about God?
  4. Man Figure: What does this passage teach us about mankind?
  5. Arrow:  What do I need to do about this passage? How does it apply to me?
  6. Ear:  Who needs to hear this? Who do I need to tell?

 

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