I'd like to begin a series of "...in a Nutshell" discussions where replies are limited to 100 words. I believe this will be a fruitful exercise to express our understanding of certain aspects of truth, faith and practice in just a few sentences. May we learn together as we do!
To start with, I'd like to ask how you would describe "Simple Church" in 100 words or less.
Simple church is the Spirit of God having His way with His people, based on what the Son has achieved by His life, death, resurrection, ascension, enthronement and sending of His Spirit. (way less than 100 words!)
Thanks, Jim, an excellent start to this discussion.
Simple Church is God’s people sharing life together, getting to know and love God and each other and sharing that love with the world. We (Simple Church) avoid religious trappings and man-made regulations. We focus on Christ, his work in us and, through the result of his work in us, doing whatever he calls us to in the world.
For us, Simple Church is keeping the main thing the main thing and saying "no" to distractions. It has nothing to do with rejecting pastoral authority, but everything to do with discovering authentic Christian community; lifting up small group life as being at least as important as worship. It's moving people away from "going to church" into "being the church" together. Its moving folks deeper into prayer and Scripture, higher into their gift-based callings, and out into their communities to reach their neighbors for Jesus. (85 words)