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House Church Learning to Accept Effective Simplicity Within the Church of Christ





It appears that I've spent a great deal of my life as a child of God trying to comprehend the ins and outs of how to build a healthy church community. One of the major problems I have encountered, is the lack of simplicity in most of what I've analysed.

The true church model that our Lord Jesus displayed while he walked the earth, was most certainly one of simplicity. In a lot of ways, it's the process of simplicity that creates distress for so many people. The thought of simplicity is customarily associated with a person who is viewed as "simple" or stupid. The word simple is also exploited to sell loads of products and services that aren't actually as "simple" to use as the promoters would like us to believe.

In a world like ours, that just about worships the idea that "more is virtually always better," simple church can seem like a strong contradiction. The institutional church model is administered by professionals that have a far broader knowledge base than the typical lay member. If the long standing church system they were a part of was easy to run, they would be out of jobs, which in large part explains why the system continues to operate in the same basic form it has for several hundred years.

A quarter of a century ago I was informed that about 50% of all the folks I would encounter during the course of a business day, suffer from regular feelings of loneliness. A simple solution to that challenging situation is for individuals to be friendly, to put in the time to listen to people, to take a keen interest in what is happening in their everyday lives.

But what will happen if our everyday lives are so busy and hectic that we lack the time or energy to genuinely listen to those who we come in contact with? What if the typical church configurations we belong to don't permit the necessary time for people to share with each other, to "carry one another's burdens," what then?

Well the results are pretty plain: the Christian church has little relevance in today's society because in large part the institutional church system doesn't create space for it's members to be heard. Folks who have grown up outside the church come for a visit and realize that they don't need to go outside to be ignored and irrelevant, they can merely stay home to receive that manner of treatment.

Therefore, the brilliance of the simple church system originates in large part, in what isn't accomplished as opposed to what is being carried out. Sharing food together is quite simple and at the same time quite successful in building bridges between folks. There is no need for time-consuming sermons regarding how we ought to work on developing into a unified body of believers. We only sit together and share some food, and in the process, become the body of Christ through our shared experience. The key is found in our power to cease doing the intricate things that don't draw us closer together, so we can partake in the simplistic activities that do.

About Author Chris Keenan :

Christopher Keenan is the creator of Help for House Church. They offer a one of a kind learning environment for Christian believers to learn about simple church and how to become the church and not simply "go to a church service." Their distinctive service makes learning about organic church straightforward and handy.


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Article Added on Sunday, July 31, 2011
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