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

April 26, 2016

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, etc.) has The Spirit’s anointing at any given time or moment..  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 what Christ has put on their hearts and minds for our progressive mutual edification.
We see our gatherings as an ongoing conversation and hopefully this is following Jesus’ example of using dialogue instead of monologue or sermon to best share the truth in love with one another.

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

We gather for a meal and pray.  The meal is our communion and everyone contributes a dish to share.  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 or play their instrument.  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 all share in turn, often using the bible as our resource, and reading whole passages together.

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

Let me stress this.  I have been meeting this way for over 37 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 may 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 37 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 non-believers become believers.  And those who held to non- Jesus like beliefs weeded themselves out or changed in a very short period of time.

I will meet with anybody willing to dialogue concerning the faith.  And in a totally 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, including leadership, 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 please feel free to ask anytime.

Love and ……

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments
  1. Sue heumann permalink

    He makes everything beautiful in His time…..,,I’ve experienced only a few treasured rich times of this expression and yearn for MORE……so hungry💕 Thanking the Lord for the meals he provides in his good time. Thank you, Chris, for helping me find some savory appetizers to chew on….

    • You’re welcome Sue and thanks for sharing your portion of the truth in love with us here.

  2. Tom Ball permalink

    Sounds like the early church.

    • Thanks for sharing Tom, it really is about recapturing the Spirit and simplicity of the early Church.

  3. I know a few church pastors that won’t take a pay. They believe it should all go into the church to be a witness to the world

    • Thanks for sharing Matt. Taking pay for ministry among other problems can really lead to a conflict of interest.

  4. Ramma permalink

    This is great. My mistake when coming out of religion was looking for something that resembled where I had come from.I thought it should look and feel, sound the same. It’s nothing like it. Our last little service, if you want to call it that, was around a restaurant table with a man and woman who live Jesus. We discussed, life, God,shared natural food and spiritual food. We prayed before our meal. It got late, they needed to return to there room at the hotel and we would walk, talk about Jesus stop and sit down two or three times. We didn’t want to leave. We prayed in a circle right in the Hotel check in area. That, my friends is having “church”. Anywhere, anyplace, as the Spirit leads. Don’t wait until you get into a building or even a house to hold service or you will miss it. A house is great, but some of us don’t have that. We all need to open up and enjoy those who come into our lives every day.

    • Thanks for sharing Ramma. You are 100% right. We need to actually BE the church 24/7 and interact as the Spirit leads with others we meet along the way. Divine appointments are everywhere to be found.

      • Sue heumann permalink

        How exciting This way of living is‼️

    • Sue heumann permalink

      Beautiful….thx for the encouragement and keeping me looking for Jesus anywhere.,

      • Yes Sue, following Christ is beautiful, exciting and encouraging all at once.

      • Ramma permalink

        This way is exciting for sure. Much more alive, if you will.
        at first I didn’t understand what you say Chris……we need to “BE” the church until I began experiencing it. Opening my eyes to who is actually around me and how much these other human beings are connected to each other and to our Creator. We all need each other is so true!

    • "BK" permalink

      I had to smile when I read what you wrote about feeling it should ‘look, feel and sound the same…” because it reminded me of my coming out also. I kept trying to build what I was familiar with, with a ‘few positive changes’ 🙂 I felt like the Lord was resisting me and in frustration told Him so one night. His answer stays with me to this day…..”I have called you OUT of that. You keep trying to build another mousetrap. Granted, a ‘better’ one, but it is still a mousetrap.” Wow, He got my attention. Today I am so thankful for every step He has brought me because it has brought me one step closer to Him and His Body each time. A thankful, “BK”

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