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Nuts & Bolts of HC

April 2, 2012

Greetings,

“…..When you come together, EVERYONE has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  ALL of these MUST be done for the strengthening of the church.”  1 Corinthians 14: 26

Recently a brother asked me a couple of questions concerning how we fellowship in the housechurches I relate to, first he wanted to know what happens when we gather:

As far as “how to” it varies greatly.

The most important thing of course is to be led by The Spirit.

None of the hc’s I relate to have a “PASTOR” or any paid ministers, however
a lot of pastoral ministry takes place anyway.

We see our LEADER as Jesus and all the rest of us follow Him as best we can. 
Although some leading takes place as we totally try to live out “follow me as I follow Christ.”

The leading in our gatherings is shared, and we hopefully follow moment by moment whoever (regardless of age, sex, race, ect.) has The Spirit’s annointing at any given time..

In short our gatherings are open and free and many, hopefully all, share.
We see our gatherings as an ongoing conversation and hopefully this is following Jesus’ example of dialogue instead of monologue.

Now what does this look like from week to week?  SIMPLE

We gather for a meal and pray.  The meal is our communion.  We have many conversations going on during the meal, eventually we will gather in the livingroom for a more focused time of song and sharing.  Whoever is musical leads in praise and we all join in and anyone can suggest a song.  Eventually this usually leads to some more prayer and then someone will begin sharing about something that has been on their heart this week and from there IT’S ON and we share in turn, often using the bible as our resource, and reading whole passages. 

The whole gathering usually takes several hours from meal to finish.

Let me stress this.  I have been meeting this way for over 30 years, and in all that time I have NEVER witnessed a gathering get “out of control” or into deep heresy.  Somehow it just flows and The Lord blesses it. However, in this flow very rarely the more mature among us need to redirect the sharing into a more positive direction.

I don’t know how else to describe it.  It’s simple, it’s a flow, it’s family.

The other question that this brother asked was if we held to any creeds or other tests for fellowship:

In over 30 years of fellowshipping at home, I have never been part of an hc with a test for fellowship other than a desire to meet with us.  Because of this we have had many nonbeleivers become beleivers.  And those who held to non- Jesus like beliefs weeded themselves out in a very short period of time.

I will meet with anybody willing to dialog concerning the faith.  And in an open and free, Spirit led meeting it is impossible to hide any real personal heresies for very long.  Most folks who have fellowshipped with us over the years usually grow out of their problem theologies in time.  When all things are open and mutual things just have a really neat way of working themselves out for the benefit of all involved.  That at least is my experience and hope.

If anyone else has any questions for me, feel free to ask anytime.

Love and ……

Kirk Out !

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2 Comments
  1. Reformed by the Holy Spirit permalink

    I truly miss being in a house church….I don’t live in a place that can host one…but maybe one day….

  2. Martin permalink

    I enjoy relating to anyone, and everyone, regardless of expressed faith, or even if it’s not in a house. We met over a meal with moderate mormans on Sunday. No reason to care over who’s god would bring down fire out of heaven, cause it don’t matter. What matters most is we love, and be loved- Everything else- yes everything else is secondary.

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