House Church

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is house church?

House Church is where we focus our efforts on becoming more and more like Jesus every day. In House Church we are devoted to the teaching found in the Word of God. House Church is where we give our lives to one another in fellowship, and where we earnestly pray for the needs and concerns of those we have locked arms with on this journey to Christlikeness. House Church is where we as a church do life together, bear one another’s burdens, and study Scripture humbly and intentionally.

We have several House Churches ongoing each week. (See Find a House Church Near You for details.) Each House Church is led by one of our Way Shepherds – persons recognized by The Way Church as being gifted and called to the teaching of the Word. Each House Church is held in one of the homes of one of our members – usually the Shepherd’s – though some are held at the church itself.

Generally, each House Church will have a time of sharing a meal together, a time of prayer for one another, and a time devoted to the studying of Scripture. House Churches are ongoing throughout each school year and will take a break for the Christmas/New Year holidays and during the Summer months.

Sunday morning worship is designed as a time for the bride of Christ to recharge for the missional work of the week ahead. The sermons are purposed to be exhortations – a pep talk – to live out Christlikeness and intentional discipleship each day. Thus, it is through House Church that we devote ourselves to the expository study of Scripture – that is to say book-by-book and verse-by-verse.

During the summer months, while our various House Churches are taking a break, we come together on Wednesday evenings at the church. Usually, these studies are topical or thematic in approach.

It is through these efforts that we expose and train our members in the various forms and methods of studying God’s Word. It is our prayer that we do so humbly, reverently, and intentionally.

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Is house church scriptural?

The Old and New Testaments were written to communities of God’s people who regularly gathered together for such things as teaching, fellowship, worship, etc. The Bible is clear that every Christian is part of the larger church body and is expected to participate in the life of a local church with the gift(s) God has given him or her (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).

In 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Paul encouraged Timothy in this way: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Likewise, as disciples of Christ, if we are to be “complete, equipped for every good work” and strive to be more like Christ each and every day, then we must devote ourselves to God’s inspired and inerrant Word. As believers, we are called to study Scripture.

The primary way we do that at The Way Church is through House Church. House Church is simply the first century church model examined in Acts 2 being lived out in a modern context. Acts 2:42, 46-47 states: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. . . . And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” While we believe this passage to be descriptive rather than prescriptive, we believe it to be the best model of the church coming together to do life together, purposefully and reverently.

In Hebrews 10:24-25, we read: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” For this reason, House Church is a time for disciples to come together weekly for fellowship, prayer, encouragement, and study. We are not called to a private faith or lone-ranger discipleship. Instead, as “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17), so are we called to bear one another’s burdens and encourage one another along this walk of faith.

According to Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:27-29, God has gifted only some to be teachers. James 3:1 also teaches that not many should aspire to be teachers because teachers will be held to a higher account by God. 1 & 2 Peter warn believers about false teachers. It is for this reason that only those who are gifted and called to teach are allowed to be Shepherds and lead a House Church at The Way. For one day, we will all give an account to the Great and Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, for how we have shepherded His Church.

What do you do at house church?

While each House Church will be studying the same subject matter (i.e., the same book of the Bible) and follows the same schedule, each House Church is as unique as the people who lead and participate in it.

Many of our House Churches stay connected and post updates through private Facebook groups. If you do not have Facebook (or don’t normally use it), then it is the responsibility of our Shepherds to stay connected and keep you updated. Of course, the best way to stay up-to-date with House Church is to attend consistently.

Generally, our House Churches share a meal together. The Shepherd or hosting family will announce a food theme for each week. So, if you want to show off your mad cooking skills, then sign up to contribute to that week’s meal. If you’re not confident in your cooking skills or your schedule will not permit you being able to contribute, do not let this deter you from attending. This mealtime give each House Church the opportunity for everyone to catch up with one another and ask about each other’s week. It is a time of fellowship with your House Church family.

Each House Church will have a time of earnestly praying for the needs and concerns of those we have locked arms with in this journey of faith. Each member of House Church is expected to respect and maintain an atmosphere of Christlike love, humility, and gentleness. If you are not comfortable sharing at House Church, you will not be pressured to do so. If there are things that you wish to discuss with your Shepherd privately or if there is something you would like to discuss with one of our Staff Members or Elders, please let us know.

In addition to sharing a meal together and a time of praying for and encouraging one another, there will also be a time devoted to the studying of Scripture. It is through House Church that we devote ourselves to the expository study of Scripture – that is to say book-by-book and verse-by-verse. So bring your Bibles and get ready to dig deeper into the Word with us.

House Churches are ongoing throughout each school year and will take a break for the Christmas/New Year holidays and during the Summer months. During the Summer months, while our various House Churches are taking a break, we come together on Wednesday evenings at the church. Usually, these studies are topical or thematic in approach. The particulars of the Summer study will be announced online and in our worship services.

How do I decide which house church is for me?

We have several House Churches ongoing each week. Find a House Church Near You. Each House Church is led by one of our Way Shepherds – persons recognized by The Way Church as being gifted and called to the teaching of the Word. Each House Church is held in one of the homes of one of our members – usually the Shepherd’s – though some are held at the church itself.

While each House Church will be studying the same subject matter (i.e., the same book of the Bible) and follows the same schedule, each House Church is as unique as the people who lead and participate in it. So, choosing a House Church is not just a matter of finding one that fits with your schedule, but also finding one where you can find a sense of family. Find one where you can be challenged to step out of your comfort zone, to step out in faith to do life together with fellow believers as we all walk along this path to be more and more like Christ each and every day.

In trying to decide on which House Church you should attend, a good place to start is to connect with one of our Staff Members or Elders. They can assist you in finding a House Church that fits your schedule and is closest to your home and can connect you with that Shepherd.

Many of our House Churches stay connected and post updates through private Facebook groups. If you do not have Facebook (or don’t normally use it), then it is the responsibility of our Shepherds to stay connected and keep you updated.

Do you want to know Christ better? Do you want to understand His Word better? Do you want to get plugged into the DNA of The Way Church? Then, join us at House Church this week.