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The Nuts And Bolts of Relational, Organic, Simple, House Church

June 6, 2014

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 Holy 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 just take care of one another as needed.

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 anointing at any given time..  One time a 9 year old excellently taught us about Cain and Abel and acceptable sacrifices.

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 or sermon.

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 35 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 relational, it’s family.

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

In over 35 years of fellowshipping in homes, I have never been part of a house church 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 dialogue 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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4 Comments
  1. Jessie barbecho permalink

    Its really awesome when you do sharing or doing bible study without going to church,coz if you go church your eyes not focus on what the priest preach.but only depend to people but most of all they are…its really incredible to do what you and your company in your chuch!!!Keep it up!!!God bleess you and your family….

  2. Good job Kirk… im glad to hear that theres still people like you doing what a Christian should do. Most so called ” Christians” now just want to go to church every sunday and think they have done their duty. They forget fellowship, taking care of the orphan, sick, poor and widows. You are doing an excellent job. Continue your work and GOD will bless you more. I wish you are closer where we are so we could attend. 🙂

  3. You can. Go to church, tithe regularly, put up a good Christian front but only what is done in Christ will last. A good front doesn’t provide a way through the pearl gates.

  4. "BK" permalink

    Amen, Chris. We’ve actually had a Wiccan visit us and ask all his questions; we, too, have been ‘taught’ by a 10 year old (on what faith means to her); even ‘heated’ discussions that conclude in love between those who see (or saw) diametrically different. We had a brother who came to meetings in Ontario who battled alcohol. One night he was VERY drunk, abusive and disruptive. We (we as in those present) simply told him we couldn’t ‘eat’ with him in such a state so either he needed to leave or we would just go somewhere else for the fellowship. He left. The following week he was again drinking, but not disruptive, and wanted prayer. So we gathered around him in love and he honestly became instantly sober and participated with thankfulness. Indeed, Christ is ABLE to handle fellowhip. I mean, HE is the head, right? 🙂 Love, “BK”

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