Tag Archives: Discipleship

109: The State of the Simple Church

How is the Simple Church movement doing in North America? Is it growing? Is it healthy? What are its strengths? Its weaknesses? Where is it going? We don’t have all the answers, but Gavin and Tom lend their observations and opinions to these questions.


108: Discipleship Through Hospitality

 

Missionaries suggest that the North American Church – as we normally experience it – is not the friendliest place in which to disciple a new Christian from a culture different from our own. There are many barriers and obstacles that a cross-cultural disciple must overcome in order to grow in Christ within the American Church. How can we make that adjustment easier for someone from a different culture? Is the attractional church model effective in this case? Could the Simple Church do any better? Listen as Tom and Gavin discuss discipleship and hospitality in the church.


105: How Many Churches Can You Be Part Of?

 

 

 

 

 

As we wrap up 2017, we note the fact that we have been podcasting for FOUR YEARS! Wow! Tom and Gavin discuss the recent 2017 Simple Church Conference from October in Wilmore, Kentucky. Gavin’s number one take-away from that weekend was the concept of “being a part of two churches.” This is a concept first described by Curtis Sergeant as part of the Zume´Training. We’ve provided a link to his video below.

 

Download or listen to “A Simple Church Christmas, Vol. 2.” Click here:

 


104: Expel the Brother! Pt 2

In the gospels, we read story after story about Jesus spending time with sinners. He ate with them. He spent time in their homes. He hung out with them. Jesus wasn’t afraid to be around sinners. He showed love to them. Yet, in Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians, he tells the church not to associate with a brother who is sinning. He even goes so far as to demand that the Corinthian Church excommunicate a sinning brother. Are the actions of Paul and Jesus in contradiction? Do we deal with sinners the same way we deal with brothers and sisters in Christ who are sinning? What’s the difference? How do we know? Listen as Gavin and Tom discuss this complicated topic. This is part two of a two part episode.

103: Expel the Brother! Pt. 1

 

In the gospels, we read story after story about Jesus spending time with sinners. He ate with them. He spent time in their homes. He hung out with them. Jesus wasn’t afraid to be around sinners. He showed love to them. Yet, in Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians, he tells the church not to associate with a brother who is sinning. He even goes so far as to demand that the Corinthian Church excommunicate a sinning brother. Are the actions of Paul and Jesus in contradiction? Do we deal with sinners the same way we deal with brothers and sisters in Christ who are sinning? What’s the difference? How do we know? Listen as Gavin and Tom discuss this complicated topic. This is part one of a two part episode.


102: Francis Chan: He Gets It!

Today, Tom and Gavin review a YouTube message by Francis Chan called, “Rethinking Church.”  We analyze his message and discuss its relevance to Simple Church. 

Watch Francis Chan Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTuj_QcrE6E&t=156s

 

Register for Simple Church Conference Here:

http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/blog/2017/08/17/simple-church-conference-retreat-2017/

 

Hear about Lee Wood, our featured conference speaker:

http://moredisciples.com/2016/12/


101: Is The House Church Movement “Bewitching” Its Followers?

Are advocates of the Simple/Organic/House church movement “bewitching” Christians as Paul describes in Galatians 3:1? Are we trying a more simple method of church in order to escape the legalism of a more traditional church, or are we creating a new type of legalism? Where is the balance between legalism and gracious obedience to Jesus? Listen as Gavin and Tom discuss.

 

Are you coming to the Simple Church Conference in October? Register here:

http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/blog/2017/08/17/simple-church-conference-retreat-2017/

 

 

Check out Gavin’s new album:

 

https://insidejokemusic.bandcamp.com/