What is Simple Church? We all recognize that it would be ludicrous to think nailing a steeple to the roof of a house would make it a house church. However, many of us take what we’ve seen happen in church buildings our whole lives and duplicate it in our living room and call it a church. Simple church is about a change in the way we do church. As you look through this issue, here are some of the key components to keep in mind.
FOOD When you get together, eat! It provides a great atmosphere for people to have honest, open communication with each other.
OPEN PARTICIPATION “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:26 The key is “everyone has...” Everybody should be able to participate.
BIBLE STUDY Keep it simple and interactive. A great technique is to look over a few verses together and then share what each person has learned.
PRAYER “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 Find out what is happening in each other’s lives and take time to pray for each other. Expect God to move powerfully and to speak to the group as you pray.
SIMPLICITY Make sure that whatever you do can be duplicated. If the church is going to multiply rapidly, it must be kept simple. Church is not about the weekly gathering, it’s about a different way of life. “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 5:42 House2house is a donation based ministry. Please use the attached envelope or visit www.house2house.com to contribute.
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We are pursuing the rapid advancement of the kingdom of God by saturating and transforming communities with radical, home-based, church planting movements. Editor in Chief: Tony Dale Content Editor: Felicity Dale Copy Editor: Jamie Richardson Director of Operations: Paul Byerly H2H Board: Paul Byerly Neil Cole Felicity Dale Tony Dale Jon Dale Jim Mellon David Underwood John White Mike Steele Layout and Design: Aaron Deckler Lolight Design OUR INFO H2H Ministries PO Box 817 Dallas, OR 97338-0817 www.house2house.com Email: email@example.com Phone: 512.282.2322 Reprint Permissions: If you are making copies for friends or church, you have blanket permission to make up to 100 copies. Please include the phrase “Copied from House2House Magazine - used by permission.” For any other use, please request permission. Every attempt will be made to grant requests, but we need to protect the rights of our authors. The views and opinions expressed by contributing authors do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of this magazine or our board members.
Cover Story: Transitioning: Taking Church Back to Simple