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 Christians

were 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 are Home Communities?

Home Communities (HCs) are small groups based on Acts 2:42-47. The early Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching (New Testament), fellowship (sharing in community), the breaking of bread (a meal / communion), and prayer (praying with and for one another). HCs function like mini-churches. Groups meet weekly with participants devoting themselves to the four elements of Acts 2:42 for mutual Edification. But this is more than a Bible study, we emphasize being an EVERYDAY church (Acts 2:43-47), hence why groups are based on location to more readily engage in everyday rhythms together. The HC leader is like a shepherd helping individuals discover their spiritual gifts to serve the community. At the center of each group is the Gospel, out of which flows our Gospel Identity. 

how are they LED?  

Each week, groups will discuss the scripture preached Sunday and how it applies to the group to become a family of servant missionaries. Questions will be in the bulletin for that Scripture passage each week. The goal is application, collaborating together to build a family of God, serving Jesus our King as missionaries in the power of the Spirit to make disciples.

We ask that everyone in a Home Community devote themselves to the following:

  • Break bread together (Acts 2:42-47). 
  • Weekly meetings (Acts 2:42-47). 
  • Commit to everyday community (Acts 2:42-47 – defined by the group). 
  • Keep confidences (Acts 2:42) 
  • Be transparent, willing to share and be authentic (Acts 2:42-47 – 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) 
  • 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 group). 
  • Always inclusive and welcoming to newcomers (Acts 2:42-47). 
  • Be part of a dynamic, open group purposing to multiply as you grow (Acts 2:42-47). 

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 confession “Jesus is Lord” and belief 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.

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 to become a part of a Home community.