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132: Interview With Nick Sefton from Beacon House Church Network in Indianapolis

Gavin kicks off his “Simple Church Conversations” with Nick Sefton who helps lead a house church ministry in Indianapolis Indiana called Beacon.  Listen as Nick shares how house church began for him after many years of leading traditional church ministries. Nick and Gavin discuss several of the lessons that they have learned through following Christ outside the legacy church. 

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To find out more about Beacon in Indianapolis, go here:

https://www.beaconindy.org/

 

 

 

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131: Creeds, Confessions, Catechisms, and Statements of Faith

Does your simple church adhere to a Statement of Faith or Creed? Does it use a Catechism to help disciple new believers? What value do these extra-biblical texts have for the simple church? Tom and Gavin examine these centuries-old documents and discuss the pros and cons of systematic theology for the simple church.

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Here is a link to free online versions of the Apostles’ Creed and other helpful documents:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/history/creeds-confessions/

 

Here is a link to Rich Mullins’ song, “Creed.”

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130: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part Three

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. Today we discuss the importance of “receiving love” in the Christian life and in pursuit of simple/house/micro church. This is part three of a three part series.

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129: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part Two

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. This is part two of a two part series.

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128: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part One

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. This is part one of a two part series.

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127: Deconstructing

What does a person mean when they say they are “deconstructing their faith?” Does it mean that they have questions, or even doubts about their faith in Christ, or does it mean that they are walking away from their faith altogether? If so, what can the church do to help such a person? Tom and Gavin explore this phenomenon in the North American Church.

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126: We Review “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill”

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Tom and Gavin review the popular Christianity Today podcast series, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.” We examine the spectacular arc of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, pastored by Mark Driscoll, from its simple beginnings to its tremendous popularity and its sudden implosion in 2014. There is much for any church to learn from this story and the Keep it Simple Podcast will highlight some of the cautionary lessons to be learned.

If you want to listen to Christianity Today’s podcast, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” by Mike Cosper, go here:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/rise-and-fall-of-mars-hill/

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125: We’re Back Baby! A Long Overdue Update!

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After two years of silence, Tom and Gavin sit down before the microphones to record another episode of Keep It Simple: A Simple Church Podcast. I this episode, we discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our house churches and where we would like to see our churches go in the coming months.

 

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124: What Does a Local Church “Owe” Its Members?

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In today’s lively discussion, Tom “ambushes” Gavin with an impromptu question: What is the local church’s responsibility towards its members/attendees? Listen as Tom and Gavin hash out what they see are just some of the duties that a local expression of a church should perform to serve its congregation.

 


123: How Our Churches Encourage Us

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Today, Tom and Gavin reflect on the many ways that their churches have blessed them over the years. During times of blessing and during times of heartbreak, our brothers and sisters in Christ rally to help and encourage us. Let us continue to bless each other as we practice the “one-anothers.”

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