Transformation Ministries House Church Meeting on Sunday, at 10:00 AM Location: Call for directions: 913-709-2220 Children's church provided Email: Pastorjohnenderby@gmail.com Sunday Morning Notes: /sunday-morning-notes.html
A group of Christ-followers who desire to know God better, to worship and enjoy Him, and to live out their faith in community.
Beginning in the Book of Acts, believers gathered in homes to cultivate a close, intimate, relationship with their Lord, and with one another. Modern day House Church reflects our Lord’s original design.
♥ PEOPLE CARE for each other and are COMMITTED to one another by spending quality and quantity time together. Consequently, the mandates for believers’ relationships, sited below, thrive within the House Church setting: loving, serving, forgiving, and giving to “one another”. (Romans 12:10; 15:7; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 4:32; Colossians 3:13; 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 4:8-10; James 5:16, 1 John 3:23).
TEACHING TIMES focus on God's Word, and discussion, rather than purely lecture. Each week our short, solid teaching from God’s Word is given by the elder/pastor, followed by lively discussion among attendees, based on the text, and guided by the elder/pastor. The House Church settings nurture this interaction. The Spirit challenges us in Colossians 3:16 to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you (plural) richly as you (plural) teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Also note Romans 15:14.)
♥ YOUR ELDER/PASTOR “knows” you! You are personally known, prayed for, and cared for by a God ordained House Church leader. With tenderness of heart (Acts 20:28) Paul challenged the elders/pastors of the house churches in Ephesus to “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” The writer of Hebrews proclaimed that leaders (elders/overseers) “keep watch over you as men who must give an account” (Hebrews 13:17).
♥ EACH PERSON is valued and given opportunities to exercise his or her spiritual gift(s) to strengthen the body. “What then shall we say, brothers? 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; also note 14:1-3).
♥ House Church believers accept one another regardless of their weaknesses. Everyone needs patience and forgiveness. A House Church virtue is: “I won’t bail out on you, no matter what.” Note: Colossians 3:12-13. "As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."(Also note Philippians 2:1-6; and Romans 12:16)
♥ YOU CAN PERSONALLY KNOW your elder/pastor! The elder/pastor opens his heart to his flock; he is humble and transparent. The flock, therefore, knows how to encourage,support, and pray for him. “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (Note also 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7,17)
♥ OUTREACH is encouraged and lived out. “Church is not an event, a place or an organization; it is a family on mission together” Neil Cole. House church attenders are called out to influence their network of friends, workplace, school, and neighborhoods, with Good News! Paul wrote to the house churches in Philippi “Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night … Philippians 2:15-16 (The Message). (Note also Acts 2:46-47 and 4:42)
Reproducing House churches! Reproducing does not require a big budget because house churches do not focus on building buildings. Elders are trained and ordained within the local church, just as in New Testament times. “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church….” Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5