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.
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.
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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.
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For our 100th episode, Tom and Gavin take the time to affirm that the whole reason for this podcast is not just to espouse an alternative way of doing church, nor do we want to rebel against the established traditional church. Rather, the reason for this podcast is to lift up Jesus for all to see and to make Him known in all the world. We are not preaching ourselves, or our ways, but we want to preach Christ asLord of all (see 2 Corinthians 4:5).
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What is a “successful” church? How do we evaluate success? Traditional churches look at metrics such as membership, growth, budget, baptisms, etc. But what does success look like in a Simple Church? In this two-part series, Gavin and Tom will discuss the measurement of a Simple Church’s effectiveness.
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