Posts Tagged New Testament

Jon Zens: Institutional Vs. Organic Church – Part 10

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Jon Zens and Kenny Russell discuss the simplicity of organic church life in the New Testament…

[Part 10 of a 14-part series]

Show: Gottalife Radio
Full Podcast: Capture The Moment – A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile with Jon Zens
Date: 3/9/09
Host: Kenny Russell
Guest: Jon Zens

 

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Notes: 
One of the things that is happening is taking your dependence away from being force-fed every week; The greatest moves of the New Testament in Acts–the outpouring of the Holy Spirit–all of that happened and they didn’t have the big worship band, they didn’t have the big charade coming out to get you there… it was simple; There was no bureaucracy, they could get things done, they could distribute food and money to people who had needs, and all of that; They didn’t have to go through committees, and all that kind of stuff; It was simple, and yet it was dynamic; It was life, it was the life of Christ coming out of them, and so they responded to needs; That’s the beauty of simple church, is that you can respond to things without having to wait five months… when the Lord is leading, you can act

Jon Zens: Institutional Vs. Organic Church – Part 9

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Jon Zens and Kenny Russell compare the accoutrements of the institutional church to the simplicity of organic church life in the New Testament…

[Part 9 of a 14-part series]

Show: Gottalife Radio
Full Podcast: Capture The Moment – A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile with Jon Zens
Date: 3/9/09
Host: Kenny Russell
Guest: Jon Zens

 

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Jon Zens


Notes:
 People who come out of institutional churches generally carry a lot of baggage with them; The reality is that when groups are trying to meet in a Christ-centered way, they’re gonna have to face this baggage that people have; One thing that would help people who have the baggage would be some good teaching from the Word of God where they can begin to see, “hey, there’s no emphasis on a building, there’s no emphasis on a worship band, there’s no emphasis on people up front”, and all that; So they begin to be liberated to see that all the accoutrements that they thought were so important aren’t there in the New Testament; Isn’t it striking that the most powerful period there in the book of Acts… they had none of the accoutrements that we think are so important;  What does God’s Word really teach? What has the Lord given us? What are His concerns? That’s where we should really put our emphasis

Jon Zens: Institutional Vs. Organic Church – Part 7

Posted by on Thursday, 14 June, 2012

Jon Zens and Kenny Russell discuss organic church and how we are all part of the body of Christ

[Part 7 of a 14-part series]

Show: Gottalife Radio
Full Podcast: Capture The Moment – A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile with Jon Zens
Date: 3/9/09
Host: Kenny Russell
Guest: Jon Zens

 

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Jon Zens

Notes: There is no difference between clergy and laity–we are all called, we are all part of the body of Christ; Organic church–getting back to the New Testament; We have a spiritual DNA; Ekklesia; You start with life; What direction does our DNA take us?

Jon Zens: Institutional Vs. Organic Church – Part 6

Posted by on Sunday, 3 June, 2012

Jon Zens and Kenny Russell discuss the changing paradigms of pastors coming out of the institutional church

[Part 6 of a 14-part series]

Show: Gottalife Radio
Full Podcast: Capture The Moment – A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile with Jon Zens
Date: 3/9/09
Host: Kenny Russell
Guest: Jon Zens

 

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Jon Zens


Notes:
 When people who are church leaders begin to see that a lot of what they’ve been doing is really out of line with the kingdom of Christ, it’s very hard to change paradigms and to go in a different direction cause it has so many implications and ramifications; The Body is a body, and it needs all the parts, and [the pastor] is just one part–he has a function, but it’s not to be the function in the church, and to run everything, and manage everything, and do everything; The institution is not friendly to New Testament ekklesia–it tends to be very defensive and can often lash out with a vengeance to maintain the status quo; This is not a new teaching that we’re talking about… this is about getting back to the New Testament–getting back to the Word of God; Can we address the truth, with eyes of truth?