Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The House Church- The Beginning

Well Elaine and I are going to plant a house church, and it's a glorious and nerve wracking experience at the same time.  The basic plan is this:

Begin the house church with a small group.  From 10:30-11, time for the kids.  All the kids and adults are together, an adult tells the story, some of the other adults help and engage and help the kids.  This goes until 11:00 and the kids go to another area to work on a project or a craft.  At this point, the adults will begin Bible Study and worship time.  A leader or a couple will lead off in the teaching time and having time for prayer requests and sharing.  After the Bible Study, there will be a lunch and a time of meal and sharing together.

As this group grows, we will pray about the individual or couple to become the next house church leader.  After some one on one time with the existing house church leader for some training and sharing, a new house church will be formed.  The process begins all over again, new group with the similar structure, adding more and more churches in the network.

Once a month, all the churches in the network will meet together for a copperplate time of worship.  The network will also partner for mission projects, in missions giving and support.  Each home church is led by an Elder, and those Elders meet together once a week to discuss, have prayer and support one another.

This is the vision that Elaine and I feel like God has given us.  Right now, we are praying and seeking God, talking to the kids and what will happen and getting the house put together (new place, we've moved)  I hope you will join us in prayer as we begin this new adventure.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Theology in Real Life

I won't lie, I like theology.  I like to talk about theology and read about theology and think about theology, I find thinking and learning and focusing on the nature, person and majesty of God is amazing.  I think that theological work is a form of worship, but the real question is how does your theology play out in real life.

I have a secular job these days, I sit in an open cube type area with some other folks close by.  Some of them have faith in common with me, many of them do not.  I can debate about Calvinism or Traditionalism all day long, but what I see is such a weaving together of the power of God.  God has placed me in a situation that I can share the Word.  The Holy Spirit works in that, God's sovereignty that works with my actions to do something amazing.  His power working through us, His body.

It's amazing how God weaves everything together, putting me in a place that I can share His love through choices that I thought I made.  It's theology that I live out every day as I am part of God's plan.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pray with me

As you probably know, I am in some transition with my job. I am still called to be a pastor, and still pursuing that calling, but the source of my income has changed. I am currently working for a call center, and really trying to do my best. I have struggled some because of my dyslexia, keeping all the processes straight, serial numbers and codes. That has been a challenge, but it's been a pretty good job. I have applied for a job that I see a million benefits with, I have sent in my resume and I am asking that you join me in praying for God's favor with this job.

It's a position with the School District that they would train me to do that would have great benefits in having to bless local churches. It would be a job that would be putting together my talents and passions and it would help increase my salary to a level we are above water again.

I am pleading with God to open this door. I know that if it's in God's will, but I see the example of pleading for God's favor with David, Elijah, Moses, Isaiah. The concept of prayer and fasting, and the parable of the persistent widow. Please plead with the Lord on my behalf as I seek His favor in this.

That you all so much for your prayers and love and grace. Every day I am learning more about what it means to be a true part of the family of God, the Body of Christ, and willing to be humble.

In Him,