so, why join a HOME COMMUNITY?

There is a tradition (it is not in the Bible) that the world said about the Christians in the early church,

“Behold, how they love each other.” As we read Acts and the epistles, we realize that these early Christianswere really struggling for a practicing community. We realize that one of the marks of the early church was a real community, a community that reached down all the way to their care for each other in their material needs.”

– Francis Schaeffer, 2 Contents, 2 Realities in 25 Basic Bible Studies, p. 140

WHAT TO EXPECT

Grace Church Home Communities have the following characteristics:

  • Weekly meetings (Acts 2:42-47).
  • Breaking bread together (Acts 2:42-47).
  • Be transparent, willing to share, authentic (Acts 2:42-47 – fellowship).
  • Keep confidences (Acts 2:42 – fellowship).
  • Actively participate in prayer for one another (Acts 2:42-47).
  • Look out for the good of the whole, assume the best (Acts 2:42-47 – fellowship).
  • Listen well (Acts 2:42 – part of fellowship and sharing).
  • Striving to grow spiritually by applying the Word in community (Acts 2:42-47).
  • Get out of my comfort zone to be on mission together (Acts 2:42-47 – defined by the group).
  • Be part of a dynamic, open group, purposing to multiply as you grow (Acts 2:42-47).
  • Always inclusive and welcoming to newcomers (Acts 2:42-47).

CHILDREN

We enjoy including the children in meal time and for prayer. During the discussion, our goal is to create a child-friendly space which kids can play and have fun while also learning biblical truths in a small group environment.


MEN & WOMEN'S DISCIPLESHIP NEEDS

The men and women of each group divide once per month for deeper fellowship and discussion (and/or meet for accountability outside of group time – go to coffee or breakfast).

BASED ON THE GOSPEL

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is good news. It is the power of God for salvation by faith in the person & work of Jesus (God’s Son), who was crucified on the cross for the sin of the world, and was raised from the dead validating He is Christ and Lord.


GOSPEL IDENTITY

By confessing “Jesus is Lord” and believing God raised Him from the dead, I am saved and have been given a new identity in Christ as heir to God’s Kingdom. I am now a child of God (family) called to serve our King (servant) sent in the power of the Spirit (missionary) to fulfill Christ’s commission to make disciples.


A Home Community is a family of
servant missionaries that multiplies


To live this out, each group needs to define this by answering the following questions:

Family – How can we build a family environment like Christ did with His Disciples?

Servants – How can we serve each other in community like Jesus did with His disciples?

Missionaries – How can we be missionaries like Jesus with His disciples in community? 


EQUIP 
Our goal is to have Home Community leaders equipped in the Word of God. We have an ongoing training two times per month on Sunday mornings for this purpose. 

HOW TO BECOME PART OF A HOME COMMUNITY

We encourage you to join a group that is in your zone, and/or closest to your home. We currently have over 14 Home Communities from the North area of West Seattle and as far south as Kent. Please contact the office about joining a group, or to answer any questions that you might have regarding Home Communities at Grace. 


Just email info@gracechurchseattle.org to become a part of a Home community.