Steve Timmis Session 3 on Total Church Gospel Communities

See the video here.

What does a gospel community (GC) look like?

GCs are about community:

  • Creating a mindset in which the GC is viewed as the primary community
  • From GCs around location or focus, not existing friendships
  • Always be looking to include non-Christians in what you do
  • Avoid becoming “event-centric.”

A GC is a group of Christians sharing lives together and living their shared life on mission for the glory of God.

GCs are about the gospel

  • Steve would translate “ekklesia” as “GC” because Christians will think of the meeting and non-Christians will think of the building if you use the word, “Church.”
  • The gospel forms the GC and defines their mission.
  • Gospel initiatives form GCs to spread the gospel, not to fill seats.
  • It’s ordinary life lived with gospel intentionality.


How are children involved?  People will relate to them.  We treat children like human beings.  Steve wants to see other people take responsibility for his kids. Include the kids in your whole meeting, or if you teach the kids, teach them the same content in their class but incorporate what they learn into the whole group (maybe where they can share that with everyone).


About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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