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Food For Thought: Simple Church Sampling

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

This week’s posts mostly focus on house churches (organic/simple churches).  They represent a wide assortment of people who have different perspectives, but all of them have been practicing simple, reproducible, Christ-centered meetings for years.  They’ve been my food for thought as I’ve been preparing to write a “Basic Introduction” post on house churches.  I hope you enjoy!

Simple Church and Global Missions

The prevailing thought is that simple, organic churches tend not to be very engaged in missions, especially globally.  I’ve found this incredibly inaccurate in our own experience, though I think it greatly depends on who makes up each church.  (Posted at The Assembling of the Church)

A Homeless God

Frank at Reimagining Church shares an excerpt from his book, From Eternity to Here, where he looks at the reality of Christ’s Lordship in the Church as a foundation for understanding how the Church is built.  This is must reading for every church planter.

Where is God Going in 2011?

Maurice Smith at Parousia Network Cyber Cafe shares his perspective of where God is leading those  in the organic house church movement.  This is long post, but there are some keen insights about what the future may look like.

Meeting in the Ashes

Guy Muse at The M Blog shares a true story about a church planter from Ecuador, that while true, is also a parable for those of us in the organic house church movement.

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Food For Thought: Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Week 2

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

I never knew that blogging every day could be so difficult.  The people who do this regularly must have no other job or commitments (or they lack small children).  Despite my complaining, this has actually been a good process and I’ve learned a lot about Jesus, listening, blogging, and writing. And now, on with the links.

A New Kind of Disciple Felicity Dale reposts a blog from Intentional Gatherings about a spiritual revolution taking place among young adults in the United States.  It’s a must read at Simply Church.

New Generations International Newspaper Check out this excellent story at David Watson’s blog, Touchpoint, which tells the story of a miracle happening in their church planting network in Southeast Asia.

What is Organic Church This is an in-depth article between Neil Cole and Frank Viola.  Each call what they are doing organic church but the result is very different.  I think this interview by Keith Giles at Subversive1 is incredibly helpful.  We have a lot to learn from both men.

Spiritual Family This blog looks at the shirt that has taken place as a movement-oriented house church network begins to operate as a spiritual family.  House churches will never work if we don’t do both.  Find more at A Holy Discontent’s Weblog.

Emerging Doubt This post is by Steve over at Movements.net.  Steve brings us up to date on why much of the “Emergent Church” conversation didn’t help bring the Gospel to others like they said it would.

Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Week Two And finally, my little contribution to the internets.  Check out the exploits of a man committed to listening to Jesus and obeying what he hears for 30 days.

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Food For Thought: Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

I just finished my first week of my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness challenge.  I’m really excited about the results so far, but blogging every day has definitely taken a lot out of me, especially when I was already in the middle of other series. I’m also going to include a link at the bottom of every “Food For Thought” throughout this month that will direct you to a post that contains the Thirty Day Fruitfulness posts from the previous week.

An Analysis of Jim Belcher’s “Deep Church” This is a guest post by John Zens on Frank Viola’s blog Reimagining Church.  John looks at the issues found in the book Deep Church that I hear repeated throughout the body of Christ but seem to be missing the point.  John argues that we need to stay true to our biblical foundations in search of a “deep church.”

Discipleship within simple/organic/house churches Felicity at Simply Church blogs about a common spiritual discipline that allows mutliplying house churches to disciple new converts quickly and effectively.  We’ve been using this process for a year now with some significant fruit.

Organic Discipleship @ The Jesus Virus Ross Rhodes has written a phenomenal guide to discipleship within organic communities that contains too many posts to list here individually.  If you’re part of an organic church, check out “What Is Organic Discipleship,” “Organic Discipleship #1 The Place of the Bible,” “Organic Discipleship #2 The Place of Prayer,” “Organic Discipleship #3 The Bible In Community,” “Organic Discipleship #4 Prayer in Community,” and “Organic Discipleship #5 Pray for the Lost.”

Lessons Eusebius Taught Me Maurice Smith at Parousia Network Cyber Cafe reflects on his journey through Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius, the 3rd Century Christian historian.  He shares eight lessons that the house church movement and the larger body of Christ can definitely benefit from.

Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness: Week One Check out what we’ve been doing here at this blog through out the Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.

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A Quote Too Good Not To Share

“The gospel that the first century apostles preached was one of Christ’s lordship and God’s pure and unfailing grace in Him.  Paul of Tarsus, for example, did not forge people together with rules, religious duty, or legalism.  Instead he preached a gospel of grace so high and so powerful that it kicked down the gates of hell–setting the Jew free of religious duty and the Gentile free of immorality.  His was a double-barreled, two-fisted gospel.”

By Frank Viola, Finding Organic Church, p. 29