At our Council meeting last week, one of our Elders brought the following quote from Dallas Willard. It summarizes perfectly our growing heart in simplechurches:
The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as “Christian” will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence. From The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teachings on Discipleship, 2006.
What an incredible challenge. Will we become the students of Jesus? Will we become his apprentices, learning to live the life of the Kingdom into every corner of human existence?
It’s hard to believe. We’re now eight years old. In some measure it feels like we’ve made it. We started this Simple Church experiment wondering if we would even survive. And for the first many years, it seemed that’s all we were doing. Our energies were put into survival. Toddling around, trying to figure out what church like this looked like. But now, eight years in, like my eight year old boy at home, our feet are beneath us, and we’re beginning to stretch out into a new phase. As we do so, Jesus has been speaking, and what he’s been saying is repeated in this Willard quote: “Will you now, become learners of me? Will you see how I live this kingdom life, and will you live this life into every corner of your world?”
It’s almost like the first season of our life, Jesus gave us permission to see and learn what church in this new way was like. He knew we had much to figure out. But now we begin phase two. Intentionally, together, in these little church families, learning the way of Jesus, while calling our neighbours to be learners of him as well. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
We’re hopeful about this next phase. We feel we have an idea for how we’re to begin and In the coming months we’re going to press into this, seeing where the Master takes us. If you would ever like to talk about our Simple Churches (house churches, missional communities etc.), what we have learned, and what we are about to enter into, I’d love to speak further. Call me or write anytime: