HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH is a community of believers seeking to reproduce New Testament churches as an active, visible testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
Among other things HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH sets a priority on these…
1) Love God with all our heart…soul… and mind and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40) and
2) Making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20)
Our aim is to make disciples through evangelism, incorporating them into the life of the church and working to present each one complete in Christ and equipped to reach others. In the broader scope, we desire “sister church” relationships with local churches of similar concern in the United States and other countries. In conjunction with this it is our goal to see people sent out from our fellowship as an extension of our church.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HOME CHURCH
We feel that some of the best ministry of the church takes place when families gather in small groups to worship God and minister to one another. Within HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH the Home Church is fundamental to our concept of the local church and designed to be a life-changing organism for carrying out the Great Commission.
AUTHORITY AND STRUCTURE
Biblically God has placed multiple elders in authority over the local church (Acts 20:17-38; James 5:14). We oppose heavy handed authority but recognize the necessity of biblical submission to one another (Ephesians 5:21) and to church leadership (1 Peter 5:2-3; Hebrews 13:17).
In dependence upon the Lord we set goals, use sound management principles, and seek knowledgeable counselors, encouraging each individual member to use his spiritual gifts in response to the needs of the church.
AN ORDERLY PERSONAL LIFE
In order to glorify God and carry out our task each believer, especially an elder, must be above reproach, ruling his family well, temperate in all things, managing personal finances and not controlled by greed or lust.
We view this church as a family, an organic unit called together by God to carry out our part in the Great Commission in accordance with God’s leading. Because we want to be certain that this is the Lord’s place of ministry for you and because we want you to be convinced of that also, we do not encourage anyone to make a hasty commitment. On the other hand we do not encourage a prolonged waiting period.
We view membership as a process of seeking the Lord’s will and then of “bonding” into our church family. When you understand the church and feel at home with it then it is time to discuss membership. Begin seriously considering membership soon after you begin attending. Here are suggested steps in the process:
First, study the Statement of Faith and Philosophy of Ministry. Make sure that you are of a clear conscience concerning doctrinal issues and that you feel that the philosophy of ministry is compatible with God’s working in your life. Then begin to ask God to confirm His will for you. Discuss with the Elders, Deacons or other church leaders any concerns or anything that needs clarification. We believe that God is the one who adds his people to any specific local church and we want each member of the Body to serve where God wants him (1 Corinthians 12:18).
Second, attend every possible meeting and social function, get to know the Elders, Deacons and other church leaders, take the opportunity to spend time in the homes of members and feel free to take the initiative to invite others into your home.
Third, ask yourself, are the church beliefs in line with the Bible and my convictions? Does the church demonstrate fruitfulness and the blessing of the Lord? Is their approach to ministry similar to mine so that I would be able to enter in without reservation? Do I respect the Elders and other leaders? Am I willing to submit to their authority and work through difficulties as they arise without leaving the church too quickly or for the wrong reasons?
Fourth, arrange to meet with the Elders to discuss membership. This will acquaint you more fully with what we consider to be the essential beliefs, philosophy of ministry and history of the church and give you an opportunity to ask questions. The Elders will also want to hear how you came to know the Lord, learn of your previous personal and church background and your reasons for leaving your last church. Out of these considerations we trust that together we may find the Lord’s place of service for you and your family.