Hi Jim, it is great to know that there are fellow Christians that are interested in establishing a simple church in the Toronto region. I have not found any established groups as yet but I know that they will soon emerge. I must state that I am not seeking to leave my formal church setting; I still attend church every week however I know that the church can be too judgemental and too consumed with pageantry and the aesthetics, thus i feel propelled to seek outside of church a group of like minded individuals who will really step outside of conventions and enter into the real world to preach the word, spread the gospel and save souls!
Hi Jim, thanks for the welcome! No, I don't know Floyd and Sally McClung but then Cape Town is a pretty big place and I have been out of SA for nearly 8 years serving as a missionary in South Korea. Have returned home to start a simple church (among other things. God bless you.
I found this as a possible explanation of of the partially hidden woman on the pic of Dancing King David
2 Samuel 6- As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
lol...You got me to also take a closer look into that picture.:)
It really is sad to think that so many of our friends and many times, family allow hurtful things to set in.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 is strong before me.
Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;,being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
That is the kind of spiritual authority that the Lord is raising up in His people these days and I say God Bless it! :-)
With regards to your question about the meaning of "sambahanan," let me paste here the explanation from our website. (http://sambahanan.webs.com/)
"SAMBAHANAN is a combination of two Filipino words "sambahan" which means church and "tahanan" which is home. Sambahanan basically is a church that meets at home. However, it is important to note that Sambahanan is not a name of an organization either a name of a church but just a loose translation of the words “home church.”
Let me add that it also means "an act of gathering believers together." Like for example, "usapan" means to talk together. "Usap" is the Filipino root word which means "talk,"and the suffix is "an" which means "to do together." Another example is "kainan" which means to eat together, the root word being "kain" which means "eat."
Likewise, "sambahan," means church... add the suffix "an" then you have "sambahan-an" which means "to church together" or "to act and be a church together."
I hope I've explained it clearly Jim, and thank you for being curious about our language.
Actually, it's just a really foundational question. I can tell you what a Lutheran Church, Baptist Church, Bible Church, Pentecostal Church, Assembly of God Church, and Catholic Church is. What are the characteristics of a simple church? What would be some differences and similarities with other churches?