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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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.
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.
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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When Christians gather to worship, whether in an established church building or in someone’s living room, the format of such worship can vary dramatically. Some venues can be very regimented, with strict adherence to a schedule. Others can be full of liturgy and other formal elements of worship. Still others can be very relaxed and unstructured. Some may even be chaotic free-for-alls. Is there specific way in which believers are to worship together? Let’s discuss this.
What is the difference between Evangelism and Discipleship? Are they the same thing? Are they steps towards a goal? Is one more important than the other? Do they accomplish the same results? Must we pick one over the other as we attempt to fulfill the Great Commission? Tom and Gavin discuss these important questions.
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Today, Gavin and Tom review the recent book by Michael Frost, Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People. His book describes a simple of way of doing evangelism by effectively living out the Christian Life.
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It has been over a month since the recent presidential election in America. Not only is the country divided over the outcome, but the Church in America is also divided politically. While there is some justification over this division given the the choices we had, there seems to be a whole lot of name calling, anger, and resentment among Christians during this entire election cycle. Is this division harmful? Is there a way to disagree politically within the body of Christ? Tom and Gavin share their thoughts on this.
From The Simple Guys: Gavin and Tom, Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!