--"Groundbreaking . . . a plea to awaken to the vibrant life and possibilities of a godly community." --"War Cry," the national magazine of The Salvation Army USA.
--"A how-to manual for a meeting of Christians who listen together to what Jesus is saying, let go of self effort and give Him freedom to work." --"Southern Spirit," the magazine of The Salvation Army Southern Territory USA
--"Simms begins to share the story of his own personal search for the kind of no-hierarchal model so beautifully and organically powerful in the fellowship of fresh gatherings in Acts and beyond. This kind of ecclesia was (and is) immediately responsive to needs, a place where everyone listens to Christ Himself and then speaks her/his insights to the 'body gathered.' Citing the historical examples of the pure but often messy model, Simms encourages this simple church practice in our own contexts." --Bill & Gloria Gaither's "Homecoming Magazine."
From the Author
Ever since I was in college I have longed for and sought for a body of Christ-followers that would meet according to the biblical command in 1 Corinthians 14:26 (what I believe is the pattern for the New Testament concept of ekklesia): "When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation." (NIV) I've also devoured church history looking for groups of believers who followed that pattern. And I've discovered that both in history and in contemporary society, Christ-followers rarely follow that verse.
--Therefore I have written about:
I've also include many powerful quotes about ekklesia from people of all sorts of Christian denominations and groups. I hope you enjoy going beyond church with me!
- The key word "ekklesia" that was left out of almost all English language Bible translations;
- My personal search for ekklesia in contemporary society;
- Historical examples of Christ-followers meeting in ekklesia;
- The concept of ekklesia as the city council of Greek city-states;
- Practical and effective steps to ekklesia;
- How ekklesia works to turn spectators into participants;
- The real life benefits of ekklesia;
- Our need for a new reformation;
- And my own 95 Theses (following Martin Luther's example).