The baseline for effective ministry among the least reached peoples is the knowledge that there are some very clear, proven steps toward establishing a house church. When faced with the challenges of working and living in an unfamiliar culture, it is easy to lose focus.
However, without much effort, you will hopefully make new friends among the local people of the host nation. Being invited to their homes and inviting them to yours is the next logical step in growing those relationships, hearing their stories, and earning the right to share yours.
[blockquote align=”center” variation=”black”]“A hospitable home does not require exquisite taste or pristine perfection. The term hospitable literally derives from the practice of washing the feet of any guest entering the home. At the heart of biblical hospitality is a humble willingness to serve others. It is not intended to show off what we have, but to demonstrate whom we follow.”[/blockquote]
As your friendships grow and visits become more or less regular, it is no great stretch to incorporate appropriate quotes from Scripture, short prayers over meals, and blessings at the ends of visits which will clearly demonstrate to your guests that you serve a living God. Perhaps you will be able to give the gift of a Bible to your friends in their heart language, or point them to one online.
Discipleship will probably have begun even before you realize that it is happening. Where two or three are gathered to study the Bible, pray, sing songs and break bread together is the environment where new births can and do happen.
May the Lord give you wisdom and encouragement as you coach this group of friends meeting in homes and disciple them in all things that Jesus taught.
Let me be the first person to greet the church that meets in your home.