When Martin Luther stood against the Catholic Church to proclaim the truth that salvation was through Jesus alone, he met much resistance from the established Catholic Church network which dominated the world at the time. Years later, we can see how important his work was to furthering the Gospel of the Lord throughout Christendom. In a similar fashion, there is resistance today when traditional vs organic church discussions reveal shortcomings in the traditional church structure. People…Continue
Added by Wayne Norbutas on May 16, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments
An Artisan is an independent feature film shooting this summer in Noble, OK. It is the 5th script written by John Morrison (2011 Nicholl Quarterfinalist, 2011 International Filmmakers Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinalist, 2012 Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder). It comes out of personal experiences had by almost the entire cast. We have most of the equipment needed to get the ball rolling, but we just need a little help to get us across the finish line.
Added by John Morrison on March 25, 2013 at 4:50pm — No Comments
GOING TO THE WORLD: THE UNKNOWN STORY OF ST. PATRICK
by Erin McCrum
My name is Patrick. I was born in Roman Britain during the fifth century. My father was a deacon in our church, and my grandfather was a priest.
I grew up in the settlement of Bannavem Taburniae. At the age of sixteen, our village was raided, and I was captured. I was taken to Ireland along…Continue
Added by Erin McCrum on March 16, 2013 at 11:25pm — No Comments
What an awesome timeline slice we now live and work in! While the nations rage and the pillars of long-established systems are crumbling, men everywhere being examined by God and His messengers for who is on the Lord's side? It's a dynamic examination resulting in relatively fewer simple gatherings, and with disappointment among some who had hoped that simple church and smaller gatherings would become the next great wave of religious influence…Continue
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Added by Godwin Sequeira on January 7, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments
This is a place I try to organise my thoughts on gathering together and being (rather than doing) church - http://openchurchnz.wordpress.com/
Added by Johanna on October 22, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments
How influenced are you by religious tradition or the Law? Does it influence your church attendance?
Do you rest when you go to church? Is that what God intends for Sabbath rest?
Click here for some answers and ponderings. Maybe you have some thoughts on all this! Would love to hear them.
Ever wondered about why Sunday is THE day for church? Is that what God intended?
Are you one who likes to ask questions? I do! But at some point I realized it was okay to ask questions about religious traditions. Of course, then I had to learn what are the right questions to ask!
Have you ever felt that Sunday was covered with a Rule? Click here for more questions. ;-)
Added by Nancy Teague on October 8, 2012 at 10:52am — No Comments
There is a fair amount of church-bashing going around today. It is becoming increasingly common to hear people say things like, “It’s all about the Kingdom … the church stinks. It’s old and outdated; it’s complicated and unnecessary. We don’t need it”. But that is like saying, “Life is all about breathing. We don’t need lungs, you know. Lungs can get old … and they complicate things, those little alveoli and all”.
Of course, life is all about breathing but God has ordained our lungs…Continue
Added by Craig R. Kirkby on September 29, 2012 at 2:02am — No Comments
We can get hung up on a building, a house, a place in looking for church. But there is one location, a special where, that is key to finding the church!
And then there is the matter of fullness in the church - God has a special way He wants that to happen.
If you are wondering about the where please click here for the full message.
In an idealistic sense, when this question is phrased, “What’s wrong with the institutional church?” the answer is: nothing. God responds to the pure faith in His people’s hearts and He continues to bless and use many expressions of church. In an honest sense though, it doesn’t take rocket science to see the systemic inconsistencies in the modern church when compared to the simplicity and power of the early…Continue
Added by Craig R. Kirkby on August 12, 2012 at 8:53pm — No Comments
One of the shoulds for Christians is 'go to church'. It's amazing how religious tradition programs us to 'go to church' yet scriptures that usher in the New Covenant negate that mindset.
It was interesting to explore two dynamics of 'going to church' - judging and location. In case you are interested please click here to read more.
Many people appreciate traditional Sunday morning church services. Great worship music, well-presented sermons, and tradition are faith bolstering and valuable experiences. However, you might long for more. Simple church provides the participatory and intimate elements of the faith experience following the legacy of the earliest church and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Consider simple church, where priorities enable every-member-participation. Where…Continue
How do you run a meeting? How big can a simple church grow? How do you multiply? How do you involve the kids? How do you maintain doctrinal integrity? These, and others like them, are often the first questions I’m asked about simple church. However, bear with me when I say that how-to questions are not the place to start.
If a couple came to you…Continue
Added by Craig R. Kirkby on July 28, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
It's been a little over a year since we moved from India to Nepal (Kathmandu) as a family as missionaries with the main intention to plant house churches and to train others for the same. But it's been only three weeks now since we started a gathering in our house. Presently, we're trying to reach out to the neighborhood with the Gospel but I've been also teaching for the last one year in a Bible school on house church as a result of which some of the past students…Continue
Added by Reuben Pradhan on October 12, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Weekly Up-Date Of Bethel
3.10.20011 T. Arvind Mohan Dass
Dear Brother/Sister in Christ,
Loving Greetings! How are you Doing?
We did meet for the fasting and Prayer on the 1st Oct-2011 and the Presence of the Lord was very much present.
On Sunday the 2nd…
Added by Rev.T. Arvind Mohan Dass on October 2, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments
Praise and worship of God is the order for Sunday mornings and really anytime for those devoted to God. Those who are His, know He is the only One worthy of our adoration. The church is ordained by Him and is special enough to be called His bride. Its value is unmatched, except by God Himself. Yet, according to George Barna research, with 10's of millions of born-again Christians who have left the traditional or institutional church and the million or so that is added to their ranks each…Continue
The doors were locked, the lights were off, no cars in the parking lot, no one greeting us or no signs of life in the building?
What would the reaction be to most people coming up to look in the window's? What would the discussion be like as more and more people congragated at the entrance to church?
Would they just go back home, would they discuss the possibilities of something just out of the ordinary has happened, would they sit outside and just wait for the pastor to…Continue
Added by Douglas McCall on June 21, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments
The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center is a customized ministry of The Salvation Army Nashville. Established in March 2008, our goal is to see individuals and our urban Nashville community transformed by:
* Cultivating And Spreading Spiritual Awakening
All that we do is focused on loving and obeying Jesus Christ. Every week we see God do many amazing things in people’s lives. Each Sunday morning we have a different worship leader help us enter…Continue
Allow me to introduce myself.
I became a Christian as a child, being raised by Mennonite parents in farm country in North West Ohio, who thought themselves quite liberal to attend missionary churches instead of Mennonite. My parents had a great love for their faith and Scripture. Through them, I learned about God and Scripture. It was they who introduced me to a Bible teacher, as a teenager, whose specific thrust was to glean his beliefs and teachings from the…Continue
Added by John Brown on April 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments