Church - Don't just do it - BE IT!
We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are infallibly inspired Word of God. In the Bible all things necessary for life and godliness are revealed to us.
All the teaching of SIMPLECHURCH.ORG.UK is Bible-based - as opposed to the false additions of church traditions that have distorted that teaching in the course of Christian history.
It may be that the Bible for you is still a "closed book". You know little about it and from the little you know, it is very confusing. This is where "Simple Church" is ready to help you. We believe the Bible is truly "the Word of God" for each one of us individually as well as corporately in each local church. By that we mean that this is the primary way in which God is speaking to us today. In Simple Church meetings the Bible is opened up in such a way that we are able to ask questions without feeling foolish. However, there is one word of caution. Reading 1 Corithians 2:14 we learn that the "natural man" does not, indeed cannot, understand spiritual things. Only "spiritual" men (and women!) can understand. So we must first discover how we become "spiritual" beings. After that, we shall come to realise that the Bible is "self-authenticating". What we mean by that is that the Bible will prove itself to be truly the Word of God.
Genuine believers have differed over the way that the Bible should be understood. It is important, for example, that we understand the relationship between the Old Testament section and the New Testament section. Many errors have crept in to church life through a failure to understand this relationship. For example, the priesthood under the Covenant of Moses is very different from the priesthood of all believers that we find in the New Covenant. But in some "churches" there are those who are called clergy, and designated priests, but ordinary church members are called laity and are not seen to be priests. This has resulted in a fundamental distortion of church life.
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The Word of God
Making disciples who make disciples,
who make disciples . . . . .
Have you noticed the Starfish Logo at the top of each page? Maybe you wondered why it is a starfish? The answer lies in the fact that there is something remarkable about starfishes! Each one can reproduce itself over and over.
But that is not the remarkable thing about starfishes. That's something you could expect.
The remarkable thing about the starfish is that if it loses one of its limbs, that broken off limb can become a totally new complete starfish!
So it is with true disciples! Each one can reproduce.
True disciples make disciples.
Each group of disciples (a simple church) may have those who "break off" to form other groups (new simple churches).
This is more than mere addition - this is multiplication! that is exponential!
A gentle reminder: please read Romans chapter twelve. Then go over and read 1 Corinthians chapters twelve through fourteen. After that please then go on to Ephesians chapter four and read verses eleven to sixteen.
There are many other passages of scripture that could be read as well; but these passages can serve as an appetizer. In these verses you can see that EVERY born again Believer has a VITAL role to play in the life of the church.
Yes, YOU have a very important part to play in the Body of Christ as it goes on to be a witness for Him in this lost, dark and dead world. Do not succumb to doubts about how God wants to use you in His church.
Please read these portions of Scripture PRAYERFULLY. Ask Him to show you where He has put you in the Body of Christ in order to serve Him and the rest of His saints.
Grace is often described as “the undeserved or unearned favour of God”.
It means that God does not treat all sinful men as they deserve.
The basis of God’s Grace is in the love of God and the work of Jesus Christ who gave his life as a sacrifice in the place of sinners who would believe in him, so that they might have fellowship with God by the Holy Spirit.
Grace gives believers Comfort, Hope, Courage and Holiness.
The Gospel of Grace
" Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ." John 3:3
You must be born again! John 3:7
What do we mean by
Very simply - the Gospel (good news) is that God so loved the human race that He gave His only-begotten Son to be born as the man Jesus Christ. The God-man lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of those who would believe on him. (Read John 3:16 )
He triumphantly rose again from the dead and returned to heaven. There He remains with the Father until He shall come again to this earth in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
To believe on Christ means to put your trust in who He is and what He has done for you as your Saviour and your Redeemer and Lord.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! ( Acts 16:31 )
In order to have this "saving faith" one must be "born again" by the power of the Holy Spirit. The next question is, "How can a man be born again?" ( Read John's Gospel Chapter 3 )
Only by the Grace of God
God commands ALL men everywhere to repent. That is, to turn from all sin - all that we know is displeasing to God and to turn to Him for grace to overcome sin in our lives. Repentance and faith go together and are the gift of God. We cannot MERIT salvation - that is to say, no one is good enough to earn their salvation. Salvation is all of grace. GRACE is defined as "God's unmerited or undeserved favour" . Read (in the Bible) Ephesians 2: verses 8 and 9. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of (good) works, lest anyone should boast."
"Saving" faith is in the finished (completed) work of Christ in His life, sufferings and death on the cross, as one's substitute - paying the penalty for one's sins - and in His resurrection (rising again) from the dead. This is the God-given faith by which one is saved.
Proclaiming and Sharing the Gospel
A Simple Way to Share The Gospel
Many Christians want to share their faith but feel inept. When the time comes to proclaim Christ, they can’t remember where to start or what to say. If you can simply remember 4 words: God - Man - Jesus - Response, you can share the gospel with others. If you only have five or ten minutes, you can use this outline to briefly but clearly explain the good news to others.
[ Note all the Bible References. Make a list of them in the back of your Bible. It will be helpful to memorise the key texts, so that you can share them even if your do not have a Bible with you.]
Explain that God is holy, just, and sovereign. Because He is holy, He hates sin. Because He is just, He must punish sin. Because He is sovereign, He can do whatever He wants, and is answerable to no one. (Ex. 15:11; Is. 6:1-5; Rom.12:19; Ps.115:3)
Explain that man is fallen and corrupt, and hopelessly and helplessly lost. He does not possess a righteousness by which He can stand before God. He is undone and will perish eternally in hell, unless he is saved. (Rom.3:9-20; Eph. 2:1-3; Mt.13:47-50)
Explain that Jesus Christ is God and Man in one person. He was sent by His Father to provide free salvation for all who will believe on Him. He accomplished this salvation by living a perfectly righteous life, which He credits to all who trust Him, dying on the cross to pay the penalty for their sins. Further, three days later, He rose from the dead, proving that God had accepted His sacrifice for their sin. (Jn. 1:1,14; 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet.3:18; Rom.4:26)
Explain that this gift of salvation can only be received by a person who comes to see his lost, rebellious sinful condition, and repents (forsakes) his sin, and trusts fully in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross (only) to save him. (Prov.28:13; Mk. 1:15; Phil.3:9; Eph.2:8-9)
As this last text from Ephesians shows us, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. Good works cannot save. Salvation is ALL of grace - that is, by God's unmerited favour.
Review this outline until you have mastered it and commit to memory several key Scriptures, so that you can share the gospel wherever you are.