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.
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.
Hear Gavin’s new song, “You Don’t Hear Me Though”
Today, we will meet Kaleb Phillips, working with the Simple Church Alliance in Wilmore, Kentucky. Kaleb works with troubled teens and young adults. Within the past year, he has baptized over a dozen people! Today, Gavin and Tom talk with Kaleb about discipling young people from various family backgrounds (or perhaps no family) within the Simple Church.
NOTE: The advertisers featured in this recording are not real.
We’ve noticed a phenomenon among young Christians who have grown up within a Simple Church structure. The majority of them seem to discontinue their participation in Simple Churches in favor of more traditional “brick and mortar” churches. While we are thankful that they remain faithful in their church participation, Gavin and Tom wonder why they don’t perpetuate the Simple Church model as adults. Join us as we discuss this trend.
Jesus never intended His people to experience church apart from other followers. We cannot “do” church alone. Whether we are part of a huge mega-church, or a small group, God intends for us to experience life as part of a community of other believers. There are ways that God expects us to treat each other. The way we act as a community is visible to the world around us and can either attract the world to Jesus, or repel them away from His truth. How should we act towards one-another? What difference does it make? Listen as Tom and Gavin discuss.