1. Marshall Diakon
    July 21, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    Since we belong to Christ, simple church would merely be something He (by His Spirit) has directed one or another of us to host or be of assist. A parable for this from Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19, where the owner of a colt is told, “The Master has need of him”. If/when the Master has need of you, or of something/someone in your care, well then, how will you respond?
    More broadly, all His children are reminded to be gathering together believers from afar [Hebrews 10:24-25].
    Directly, any who come together functioning as ekklesia have among themselves a simple church “start” — it’s truly that simple.
    simple church = simple hosting.
    Trying to add a simple church start to someone’s own family life reliably presents a mismatch. In such an arrangement, the simple church effort is being attempted as an extension of one or more households, rather than functioning as an expression of Christ resourcing in Him. To “test” for this, simply remove the household who is currently hosting, “leader” or teaching who is currently leading. Is the simple church still intact? If not, it remains needful for us to resource in Christ, and not in your brother(s).


    • Craig R. Kirkby
      July 21, 2012 @ 11:52 am

      Hi Marshall

      You make a good point. I appreciate your passion for the Presidency of the Holy Spirit, and I agree in spirit with what you’re saying … especially, as it relates to gathering or meeting together (or hosting a meeting). This organic fluidity, created by the Spirit, is without question powerful.

      In my post, I’m referring more to an intentional, missional community that enjoys a communal way of life together—yes, they gather or meet together, but these get-togethers are one small part of their shared life together, consistently living out the more than thirty “one another” exhortations.

      To the organic fluidity you described, I think, apostolic intentionality—which also requires Holy Spirit enabling (and even more so!)—is vital for a functioning, sustainable Kingdom family that’s alive, in love and on mission together.

      Please don’t be tripped up by my use of the phrase “start a simple church”. It’s a question that many people ask when they first start out on this journey, and I’m attempting to begin where many people are at. By “start” I’m referring to that moment in God when someone realises the importance of journeying together with a primary set of relationships, and asks, “What does this look like?” and “How do I move towards this?”

      Make sense?


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