Deeper Life Groups
Hospitality & House Group Ministry
Are you weary of going to church and getting little from the experience? Every week the same things happen, first a worship concert followed by announcements, and finally a sermon or pep talk. The same things happen each week to the point that it becomes meaningless. Usually a few people are doing all the leading and sharing while everyone else come and go without contributing anything vital to those around them. People return to their weekly routines unequipped to make a difference and impact those around them with the gospel. Perhaps you wonder, should something more be happening when we meet with other believers?
The answer is unequivocally YES, there should be more to the church experience! The biblical account of the early church reveals that there was more happening then what we currently find happening today in the modern North American church service. When we read the New Testament story we find a body of believers that was immature and far from perfect, however they were vibrant and making a difference in the ancient and pagan world that they lived. This strength was rooted in their ability to come together and effectively MINISTER to one another so that everyone was impacted and encouraged (1Cor. 12.7-31; 14.26-33). Some may have contributed more then others but in the end, EVERY believer was encouraged and ready to face the challenges of being Christian in a hostile world.
We find this kind of fellowship happening all over the world (mostly in third world countries) where Christians come together and encounter the powerful presence of an almighty God. Usually there are no programs or a specific order of service for the meetings, nor are there professional speakers, and gifted musicians.
Every believer should experience authentic and genuine FELLOWSHIP as described in the New Testament scriptures. A Deeper Life House Group desires to help see this happen by intentionally teaching and encouraging the following:
Hospitality Ministry: This happens when a gathering of believers meets in a home and share a meal together. In the New Testament hospitality was foundational in the ministry and growth of the church, we are commanded to “practice hospitality” (Rom.12.9). Through hospitality the groundwork is established for what God wants to do in the hearts and lives of those who gather in His name.
Body Ministry: 1 Corinthians 14.26-33 gives us a picture of what it looked like when the first believers came together and ministered to one another. There were three distinguishing features of these meetings: Participation, the moving of the Holy Spirit, and oversight (safety). “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.”
Transformational Growth: The New Testament church (the first church) impacted the ancient pagan world by demonstrating the gospel through lives that were radically transformed. The goal of “deeper life” is not numerical growth, but spiritual growth that is driven by a hunger for deeper fellowship and a desire to know God in a deeper way. Eventually, as we grow in love & unity, our families and neighbourhoods WILL BE impacted.