The Nuts And Bolts of Relational, Organic, Simple, House Church
“…..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 !