Evangelicalism is so programcentric that when we think about church we immediately think about forms and structure. Over at the house church blog there is a great post on how life must precede form. It is a good reminder for me because I tend to fall in to the trap of thinking of church as structure sometimes.
One of the most difficult things to communicate regarding simple/house church is that we really, really do now want to just re-invent a new (or ancient) form of church. Instead, we are seeking to re-capture the essential “church life” that Jesus taught—a way of life. We are, at the core, radical Jesus-followers lived out in the context of everyday life, not church-goers. The form (when and how we gather) should, simply and fluidly, support the dynamic life that Jesus’ lit-up followers are living and not replace it.
We prayed this for each other at church. It is a mashup of several prayers Paul spoke in his letters. If you ever get caught in a rut in your prayer life praying through scripture can help you focus on things that really matter.
I ask God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
May you understand what really matters so you can live a pure and blameless life. I ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants you to do in your life.
I pray that your love for others will overflow more and more, and you will continually do good kind things for others.
All the while you will learn to know God better and better.
I pray that your heart will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to you whom He has called.
I want to you realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe in him.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit.
I also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need.
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.
And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him.
May your roots go down deep in to the soil of God’s marvelous love.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how high, how long, how wide and how deep his love really is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.
Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
And may you always be filled with the fruit of righteousness, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Now glory be to God. By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would even dare to ask or hope.
|SeedLife is currently a group of people that gather in homes as the church. We hope to become a network of gatherings of people who are dedicated to being Christ’s disciples. With the word and the Spirit as our guides we hope to bring life to each other and very specific groups of people in and around Saskatoon.
We believe that by keeping things simple we can avoid some of the complications in conventional church ministry. While some of us have some experience in house churches we are still learning. SeedLife is an experiment in following an unconventional path to gathering as the church.