Simple Church

There is a book called “Simple Church” that our staff read a while back and essentially it was about simplifying your programing and making the main thing the main thing. Great principle. I still wonder though, do we as the Church, still make things more complicated than they need to be.

Think about it, Jesus was about two things, loving God and loving people. He wasn’t about anything else. Now that’s simple church. Granted, it’s not easy church but it is very simple.

The distinction between simple and easy is important because if we begin to think that “Church” is easy, we’ll become complacent. Additionally, the very nature of living in this sinful world is not easy. There are lots of temptations, trials, and tribulations, however, the mission of God in this world is still nonetheless simple. Jesus broke it down to two things, love God and love people.

What would the Church look like today if that truly was what we were about?


~ by David on Thursday, October 23, 2008.

4 Responses to “Simple Church”

  1. David,
    I loved this! Why do we always get caught up in making things so complicated? It truly does boil down to one thing: God is Love. How that plays out in each of our lives may differ but the bottom line is still the same, love. Thanks for reminding me of this.

  2. “What would the Church look like today if that truly was what we were about”

    Drastically different.

    It wouldn’t be confined to Sundays or a meeting that takes place within the confines of four walls. It would be a lifestyle of loving. Taken seriously, loving God and loving people would change who we are and shake our belief in the “american dream” that we are entitled to everything we have (and more). If we are the body of christ…if we are the church, than we are called to be the church everywhere. In the office, on the streets, in our families, across the globe. We make it complicated when we make God so small that our productions need to be big in order to make him appealing. We make it complicated when we get caught up in programs and Sunday morning attendance. And we make it appalling when we make it more about legalism than about love.

    I think you’d have better luck finding a simple church in a living room, a homeless shelter, or a hospital than you would in a church building.

  3. One of my favorite books of all time. I one day dream of taking an existing church and help navigate it into a simplier strategy. I dream of a church that connects people to the love of Christ, the life of the church, and the need of the world.

  4. Amen, I have not read the book … yet anyway, but one thing that is almost always on my mind is that when asked the greatest commandment, Jesus repeated the 1st and 2nd commandments verbatim. Then He said that ALL else is suspended upon them. I can only conclude that if they are not at the heart of all we do, we are really doing anything of worth.

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