One year ago Pastor Lex and Michelle, as well as our leadership team, began to feel God stirring our hearts to bring this ministry back to its roots. As we sought God in prayer and fasting and really began to reexamine the biblical definition of the church, God began to reveal to us that we were going to begin a faith journey that would challenge us to live out our faith in a more bold, authentic, and passionate way than we had in the past.
One verse that spoke directly to our hearts was Psalm 127:1.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
We have dared to ask a very important question: Are there things that we have built at HCM that are in vain? Have we put energy into things that do not really have eternal value?
From the start of this work, our desire has been to:
- Have authentic, organic fellowship with God and each other.
- To model ourselves after the early church in the book of Acts.
- To be more about the GOSPEL rather than the MINISTRY
- To be people driven, not program driven (this means that the majority of our time as believers would be in spending time with people, growing together and reading scripture together and praying together, rather than making sure programs are running smoothly with workers and supplies, etc.)
- To be the real church talked about in scripture, a living body, living in unity with one another, and working out the messy parts of relationship with one another which is true growth
- To not be defined by a building or a routine or certain way of doing things
- To have everyone know their spiritual gifts and use their spiritual gifts – to BE THE CHURCH, rather than “go to church”
- To be salt and light in the world, reaching out to those who don’t know Christ and learning how to love on them daily, consistently – not once or twice a year when we plan an “outreach event”.
- To be ALIVE, EXCITED, AND WILLING TO BE DISCIPLED BY ONE ANOTHER rather than tired, discouraged, and hoping the pastor can fix everything.
To truly live out this vision, we have taken the bold step of launching out several house churches with the mission of growing in our relationship with Christ and with each other, as well as growing the kingdom of God by living out our faith in our homes, our neighborhoods, and in our daily living.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were ordinary, unschooled men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:11-12
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
Below are the House Churches that are starting as of October 1st, 2019
Friday nights, 6:30pm Karl & April Wrisley located at the Wrisley's House
Saturday nights, 6:30pm Terry and Shelly Williams located at the Williams' House
Sunday mornings, 10am Derek & Kastiney Smith located at the Ward's House
Our house churches will meet throughout the week each of the first three weeks of every month. On the last Sunday of the month, we will meet for a corporate worship service at our Central/Cedar location. In addition, our weekly ministries such as youth group, prayer meeting, men’s breakfast, etc. will continue as usual. Please reference the online calendar for specific dates and times for each of these gatherings. If you would like more information about our house churches, please feel free to call the church office at 509-270-8252.