House Church Meeting 02 – Purpose: Worship – Jesus at the Centre
The purpose of a House Church is to live life together, not just have meetings. The only agenda for each house church is to have Jesus in its midst. Take these ideas as a starting point and do what you need to do to achieve the aim.
Warmth (Fellowship) [20 min]:
- Refreshments: Serve some light refreshments for the attenders (perhaps one sweet and one healthy) and some tea, coffee and juice.
- Connect: Spend some time “catching up” and finding out how people are doing.
- Ice Breaker (if needed): Have each person interview one other person to find out what they can about the person, and then have them introduce them to the group.
Worship [25 min]:
- Said Worship: Ask each person in the group to say one thing about God that they particularly appreciate at this time. Then have each person thank God that He is like that.
- Sung Worship: Sing a couple of worship songs, allowing lots of time for spontaneous prayers of thanksgiving, worship, and intercession for the lost.
- Song 1: Revelation Song – J. L. Riddle
- Song 2: Jesus Be The Centre – Michael Frye
Word / Discipleship [45 min]:
- Review Vision For House Churches
- House Churches are a place to experience Christ together, through:
- Worship – Focusing on Jesus at the centre as we gather together.
- Fellowship – Experiencing and sharing God’s Life together.
- Ministry – Serving one another in love using our gifts.
- Discipleship – Applying God’ Word together to grow and become like Jesus.
- Evangelism – Reaching out to others together with God’s love.
- Introduce The Topic
- Ask: What does the word “Worship” mean to you?
- [Responses: Worship is the act of loving God. It is recognizing that there is a higher power outside of and above ourselves, and that He deserves to be worshipped. It is using what God has given us for the benefit of others, while acknowledging that our gifts and motivation came from God, so we honour Him while we serve others. It is knowing who God has created us to be, and allowing that identity to be shared with others, for the glory of God. It is recognizing God in all things, even in the challenges. It is keeping our eyes focused on Christ at all times, no matter what. It is humbling ourselves in awe before God. Worship is an attitude. It is obedience to God in every situation.]
- Read God’s Word And Enlist Insights From The Group
- Colossians 1:18, NKJV – (18) And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
- [Responses: Worship is recognizing that Jesus is the “head” (the King, the first, the top, the Most High God), and the one to be followed. Since we are His “body”, we should live in response to His leading. He is the Alpha, “the beginning” Who goes ahead of us, so we should live as His followers. He is preeminent in all things, so He is the highest, and deserves our respect, honour, to be put first, and to be obeyed. All things come from Him. (Romans 11:36).]
- Revelation 5:6, NIV – (6) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had [just] been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
- [Responses: Jesus is in the centre of the throne, and He should be at the centre of the throne in our heart. Jesus was encircled by the creatures and elders, everything revolves around Him, all things come from Him, and so He is to be our one and only focus. He is on the throne as our sacrificial lamb, and whenever the Father looks at the throne, He sees our sacrificial Lamb. Although He is always interceding for us, it is actually His blood that is our intercession. Therefore, since forgiveness is available to us all the time, we should honour His blood in worship, by walking in forgiveness at all times, just as the Father offers forgiveness, every time He looks at the throne and sees the shed blood of Jesus, just slain, for us.]
- Hebrews 12:28, NIV – (28) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
- [Responses: Thankfulness should always proceed worship, it brings us into a place where we can worship, and there can be no true worship of God without thankfulness in our heart. Worship requires two key attitudes. First, reverence which is a bowing down in our hearts, in humility. Second, awe which is recognizing His greatness, His largeness and our powerlessness. When we worship Him we should be overwhelmed by who He is, and in awe because His greatness is beyond our understanding and our words.]
- How can we live lives where Jesus is at the centre?
- [Responses: We can put Jesus at the centre by trusting and surrendering to Him, in obedience and humility. Isaiah 1:19 says “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.” Willingness is the attitude, and obedience is the action. Both are necessary to receive from God, and both are necessary for worship. We can live with Jesus at the centre by keeping an awareness of His presence, and calling out to Him at all times.]
- Break into groups of 2, and share an area(s) of your life where you have difficulty making Jesus your centre.
- Pray for each other, for grace and strength to honour Jesus in those areas.
Witness / Evangelism [15 min]:
- Discuss: We also want Jesus to be the centre of our community. As a group identify strongholds that oppose Jesus’ rule in your local area. (eg. pride, religion, materialism, apathy).
- Pray: Invite 3 volunteers to ask God to take control of our lives, to make Him Lord and King as well as Saviour, and use us as an example for others.
- Challenge: This week ask God to begin to show you three unchurched people that you can build a friendship with, to win them to Jesus.
Works / Ministry [10 min]:
- Break into groups of two, share a need with each other, and pray for each other.