Digging Deeper ::
 Planting the “SIMPLE
       ESSENCE”
of the Body of Christ...
      The Church
 in every overlooked
  r...
Elemental Basics of the
            Body of Christ
 Definition of Church: “A group of
     Christ-followers who fully
func...
1. Supportive Friendships
        2. Authentic Worship
3. Obedience-based Discipleship
 4. Life-involvement Evangelism
   ...
Consider using this slideshow as
   the basis for a group dialogue
among a few Christian friends who
   want to be part of...
Ask God’s Spirit to guide each
dialogue… whether you view it all
at once, or break it up into multiple
 share times. As yo...
1. Are there groups of friends or daily
   relationships that come to mind as I ponder
                    these ideas?
 2...
Being the
Body-of-Christ On-Site:
    How to begin
               http://www.flickr.com/photos/absolutely_loverly/
Micro-clusters of
       Christ-followers
(and their unreached network
       of relationships)
      can become a life
 c...
A. Ask God to arrange
  encounters between you and
   the friends, acquaintances
           and strangers
in whom He has b...
Keep praying and sharing your
ideas about an on-site Body of
Christ with whomever He brings
your way until some are ready
...
Trust His Spirit to connect you
to the right ones, and to have
their hearts open. Some may
     not yet be Christians.
B. Don't be overly anxious and
start using events/attractions to
          draw a crowd



                       http://w...
Just pray, seek
encounters, and wait on HIM
   to connect you to the
    God-ready persons!
C. Gather at a
home, apartment, park, café
 , etc… wherever the group
       will participate.
D. Without using “churchy
 terms” you can guide the
  group to experience the
elemental basics of church
            life.
E. At every gathering ask
 God to continue arranging
encounters between current
 participants and others in
  whom He has ...
Always be authentic,
         never false,
in caring for another person.
Be sensitive to their needs.
      Never manipulate.
Include and value each one.
F. Personally pray for God to
 raise up an “intern” who will
work with you and reproduce
the church in another group.
G. Also, seek out a spiritual
mentor, a “Paul,” who will
 give you on-going wise
 counsel as you lead this
           grou...
Elemental Basics of the
            Body of Christ
 Definition of Church: “A group of
     Christ-followers who fully
func...
1. Supportive Friendships
        2. Authentic Worship
3. Obedience-based Discipleship
 4. Life-involvement Evangelism
   ...
Ideas for living-out the basic
 functions or rhythms of the
       Body-of-Christ
                 http://www.flickr.com/p...
1. supportive friendships…
share life concerns and pray
  for each other (perhaps
   silently if some prefer).
Also take turns telling
 (a) what the world has been
         dumping on you
        this week, and
(b) what God has been ...
Be there for one another in the
  ups and downs of everyday
     living. Try sharing all this
    over a simple meal each
...
2. authentic worship…
 focus on God’s greatness
using any combination of…
a. music/guitar/CD/video)
              b. Art
        c. silence/awe
            d. nature
   e. sharing about God’s
    ...
3. obedience-based
       discipleship…
 apply a Bible passage to
       how you live.
As a group, dialogue over
 what it ...
Pick practical scriptures like:
  Psalms, Matt. 5-7, John 8,
Gal. 6, Philippians, or James.
4. life-involvement
             evangelism…
   include not-yet-Christians
 fully and naturally, and allow
them to hear/se...
Nurture everyone toward
     expressing their own
“journey-with-God” as part of
  the gathering. Let people be
   drawn to...
5. servanthood caring…
Seek opportunities to help
 others like Christ would
     (Matt. 25:35-36).
Do a mission project.
Help someone in a life crisis.
 Gather and deliver a box of
   food, clothing, Christmas
presents, or school supplies to
 ...
Take a weekly offering (always
   let “giving” be an act of
 worship) and have the group
  decide on how to use it in
  me...
6. Baptize anyone who puts
their faith in Christ as Savior
           and Lord.
Anyone OK’d by the church
  can baptize as part of
    Gathered worship.
   Any place is okay.
1. Are there groups of friends or daily
   relationships that come to mind as I ponder
                    these ideas?
 2...
Romans 16 Bible Questions
Ponder Priscilla and Aquila in
      Romans 16:3-5.
How did they make a living?
        (Acts 18:3)
Where did their church meet?
   How big was the room?
 What was the furniture like?
   How did they Worship?
Disciple othe...
Who gave them permission to
 transform their neighborhood
by planting a simple but sincere
      church in their home?
Who were the leaders?
    Maybe a friend?
 What were the leader’s
preparation/credentials?
      (2 Tim. 2:2)
How big did it get?
How long did it last?
How much good did it
   accomplish?
How much did it cost
       financially?
What did they do with their
        offerings?
Obviously we can’t know all the
answers, but just by asking the
 questions we can see that a
 very “basic” church made a
 ...
And we are still
reading about it!
God obviously affirms this form
           of church…
He said “greet” the church that
 is in their house, not “delete”
   ...
1. Are there groups of friends or daily
   relationships that come to mind as I ponder
                    these ideas?
 2...
MICRO TOOLS & VIDEOS on how-to-begin, available freely at
           www.coffeehousechurches.com




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Digging Deeper - a follow-up to the Planting the “SIMPLE ESSENCE” of the Body of Christ presentation...

We've put together a new group dialogue for you and your friends to utilize in discussing how God might be calling you to create simple church in everyday places.

You can use this guide how ever you see fit, either as handouts, an online chat group, or as a Powerpoint presentation.

We invite you to consider using the guide as the basis for a group dialogue among a few Christian friends who want to be part of a grassroots revolution that naturally touches and transforms the unreached lives in their own daily traffic-patterns!

For more information visit http://www.coffeehousechurches.com

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  1. 1. Digging Deeper :: Planting the “SIMPLE ESSENCE” of the Body of Christ... The Church in every overlooked relationship group
  2. 2. Elemental Basics of the Body of Christ Definition of Church: “A group of Christ-followers who fully function, believe, and understand themselves to be the Body of Christ in their sphere of influence.”
  3. 3. 1. Supportive Friendships 2. Authentic Worship 3. Obedience-based Discipleship 4. Life-involvement Evangelism 5. Servanthood Caring “If a group of Christ-followers is doing everything a church is supposed to do, why not call it a church?”
  4. 4. Consider using this slideshow as the basis for a group dialogue among a few Christian friends who want to be part of a grassroots revolution that naturally touches and transforms the unreached lives in their own daily traffic-patterns!
  5. 5. Ask God’s Spirit to guide each dialogue… whether you view it all at once, or break it up into multiple share times. As you talk together consider questions such as:
  6. 6. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  7. 7. Being the Body-of-Christ On-Site: How to begin http://www.flickr.com/photos/absolutely_loverly/
  8. 8. Micro-clusters of Christ-followers (and their unreached network of relationships) can become a life changing, “where-they-live” Body-of-Christ!
  9. 9. A. Ask God to arrange encounters between you and the friends, acquaintances and strangers in whom He has been stirring up a deep spiritual yearning.
  10. 10. Keep praying and sharing your ideas about an on-site Body of Christ with whomever He brings your way until some are ready to journey with you in this church… it only takes a few.
  11. 11. Trust His Spirit to connect you to the right ones, and to have their hearts open. Some may not yet be Christians.
  12. 12. B. Don't be overly anxious and start using events/attractions to draw a crowd http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhpope
  13. 13. Just pray, seek encounters, and wait on HIM to connect you to the God-ready persons!
  14. 14. C. Gather at a home, apartment, park, café , etc… wherever the group will participate.
  15. 15. D. Without using “churchy terms” you can guide the group to experience the elemental basics of church life.
  16. 16. E. At every gathering ask God to continue arranging encounters between current participants and others in whom He has created a heart hunger for the person of Christ.
  17. 17. Always be authentic, never false, in caring for another person.
  18. 18. Be sensitive to their needs. Never manipulate. Include and value each one.
  19. 19. F. Personally pray for God to raise up an “intern” who will work with you and reproduce the church in another group.
  20. 20. G. Also, seek out a spiritual mentor, a “Paul,” who will give you on-going wise counsel as you lead this group.
  21. 21. Elemental Basics of the Body of Christ Definition of Church: “A group of Christ-followers who fully function, believe, and understand themselves to be the Body of Christ in their sphere of influence.”
  22. 22. 1. Supportive Friendships 2. Authentic Worship 3. Obedience-based Discipleship 4. Life-involvement Evangelism 5. Servanthood Caring “If a group of Christ-followers is doing everything a church is supposed to do, why not call it a church?”
  23. 23. Ideas for living-out the basic functions or rhythms of the Body-of-Christ http://www.flickr.com/photos/headphonaught/235311658/
  24. 24. 1. supportive friendships… share life concerns and pray for each other (perhaps silently if some prefer).
  25. 25. Also take turns telling (a) what the world has been dumping on you this week, and (b) what God has been doing in your life.
  26. 26. Be there for one another in the ups and downs of everyday living. Try sharing all this over a simple meal each week.
  27. 27. 2. authentic worship… focus on God’s greatness using any combination of…
  28. 28. a. music/guitar/CD/video) b. Art c. silence/awe d. nature e. sharing about God’s greatness in your life f. scripture promises, etc.
  29. 29. 3. obedience-based discipleship… apply a Bible passage to how you live. As a group, dialogue over what it says about (a) God, (b) self, (c) others, (d) life.
  30. 30. Pick practical scriptures like: Psalms, Matt. 5-7, John 8, Gal. 6, Philippians, or James.
  31. 31. 4. life-involvement evangelism… include not-yet-Christians fully and naturally, and allow them to hear/see how Christ is working in the lives of those present.
  32. 32. Nurture everyone toward expressing their own “journey-with-God” as part of the gathering. Let people be drawn to God by all they experience in the group.
  33. 33. 5. servanthood caring… Seek opportunities to help others like Christ would (Matt. 25:35-36).
  34. 34. Do a mission project.
  35. 35. Help someone in a life crisis. Gather and deliver a box of food, clothing, Christmas presents, or school supplies to a child... you get the idea!
  36. 36. Take a weekly offering (always let “giving” be an act of worship) and have the group decide on how to use it in meeting someone’s need. Let them deliver it.
  37. 37. 6. Baptize anyone who puts their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.
  38. 38. Anyone OK’d by the church can baptize as part of Gathered worship. Any place is okay.
  39. 39. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  40. 40. Romans 16 Bible Questions
  41. 41. Ponder Priscilla and Aquila in Romans 16:3-5.
  42. 42. How did they make a living? (Acts 18:3)
  43. 43. Where did their church meet? How big was the room? What was the furniture like? How did they Worship? Disciple others? Evangelize? Do Missions/Ministry? Have Community together?
  44. 44. Who gave them permission to transform their neighborhood by planting a simple but sincere church in their home?
  45. 45. Who were the leaders? Maybe a friend? What were the leader’s preparation/credentials? (2 Tim. 2:2)
  46. 46. How big did it get?
  47. 47. How long did it last?
  48. 48. How much good did it accomplish?
  49. 49. How much did it cost financially? What did they do with their offerings?
  50. 50. Obviously we can’t know all the answers, but just by asking the questions we can see that a very “basic” church made a difference in lives…
  51. 51. And we are still reading about it!
  52. 52. God obviously affirms this form of church… He said “greet” the church that is in their house, not “delete” the church that is in their house!
  53. 53. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  54. 54. MICRO TOOLS & VIDEOS on how-to-begin, available freely at www.coffeehousechurches.com For more information visit www.coffeehousechurches.com This presentation licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States.

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