Church - Don't just do it - BE IT!
The first question you may be asking is "What is this all about?" Then you may be asking, "What do you mean by "simple / organic / house church"? And "What is the point you are making about "disciples and discipleship" "?
Surely, you may be thinking, if we are already believers in the Lord Jesus Christ then we are Christians. As Christians we support the work of evangelism - spreading the gospel throughout the world and we are joined in fellowshipin a local church.
There are three areas that demand our attention if we are to be obedient to our Lord Jesus in our generation.
1. Understanding what it truly means to be disciples of Jesus.
2. Understanding and living fully in the New Covenant.
3. Understanding the true (simple/organic) nature of the local church and sharing fully in its life and ministry and why we prefer to meet in our homes rather than special buildings.
What we are suggesting is that there is a better way and that way is shown to us in the pages of the New Testament. We further make the point that the widespread failure of fulfilment of the Great Commission in our day is due to the substitution of certain methods of evangelism and structures of church life, that have replaced the way demonstrated to us in the teaching of the Lord Jesus and of that which we find in the Acts of the Apostles and also in the Epistles.
What this then is all about, is sharing that teaching and the vision of a better and more fruitful way of fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation.- to the salvation of many and to the glory of God.
What is the Great Commission? This is the phrase that is often used to refer to the last command of Jesus before he ascended back to heaven. It is recorded in Matthew's Gospel Chapter 28:18-20:
"And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Of the three questions, What? Why? and How? - perhaps this is the most important one! The "House Church" movement has come into being we believe, because the Holy Spirit is moving afresh in the lives of believers and in the lives of those who are yet to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
At this particular time in history, when many established formal churches are dying, and we are living in what is called a 'post-christian era', God has a continuing purpose and plan to redeem those whom He has chosen for salvation by calling us back to the simple structures and ways of the Church at its beginning.
Another reason is because false gospel preaching and teaching has produced a large number of "nominal Christians" and many "converts" (true or false) but very few disciples!
(If you want to know the difference, come to our meetings and ask. Or, contact one of us to come and visit you. Or get and read the book "Make Disciples!" )
By using every means of communication that is available to us, each group that meets as a simple house church and each disciple in that church, will want to make the gospel of God's free grace known to all their neigbours - and beyond them, to every person in the whole world.
This will include distributing gospel literature with invitations and door-to-door visiting. Also through the internet - social media etc.
The aim is to encourage seekers to find faith and become disciples of Jesus, who will learn from the Scriptures and become mature disciples who make disciples. Simple / organic / house churches will aim to make more the same churches and to link them together for mutual help.
Describing House church as 'Simple' may be obvious. But why as 'Organic'?
By ORGANIC we mean that the local church is not just seen to be an organisation, but rather as an organism. (See elsewhere on the website why we use a Starfish as a Logo.)
This is how the churches in China, throughout times of severe persecution have grown exponentially - that is by a rapidly increasing multiplication (not by mere addition).
(Bible teacher for more than 60 years) Edits this website.
Fred Serjreant was ordained in the Church of England in 1954. He served as Curate, Vicar and Rector of various parishes for 21 years. He started out in ministry as an Anglo-Catholic priest, but after a few years he was converted and became an evangelical. However, after 21 years he resigned from the C of E, believing that the Anglican church had moved away from Biblical truth. He was baptised (immersed) as a believer and entered upon many years service of church planting, preaching, teaching and pastoring disciples. He is now 92 and continues in that work.
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