Triangle House Church is turning one year old in April! I just want to take a sec and reflect on all the goodness that God has done in this past year. For those of you wondering what a house church is, let me tell you all about it with a little recap on the happenings of the Triangle.
Can I just brag on God right now about what He has accomplished with our little house church in one year?
We broke bread together. We served the Victory Project meals. We babysat each other's kids. We prayed for our neighbors. We made food for our neighbors when their family members passed away. We cleaned up graffiti and trash in our streets. We helped our neighbors fix their houses. We held block parties and proclaimed Jesus over hot dogs and cotton candy. Made job references. Did each other's dishes. We studied the Gospel of John and highlighted Jesus' life. Made Christmas cinnamon rolls for our neighbors. Embraced each other as brothers and sisters from different backgrounds, skin colors, socioeconomic classes. We gave each other rides. Explained the person of Jesus to a Muslim friend. Brought each other flowers. Texted each other Scripture. Installed each other's toilets. Given each other swing sets. Gave away the most candy, and hot dogs, and hot cocoa at Halloween. Donated socks and underwear to the guys who need Jesus in our jails. Sang happy birthday to one another. Filled Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Given out donuts to meet our neighbors. Taken up a whole row cheering on our sister at her college viola concert. Retreated together. Apologized to one another... a lot. Lived with one another. Planned each others goals and action steps (it's a real spiritual gift;) Encouraged each other's dreams. Borrowed each other's cars. Prayed for one another. Taken communion together. Welcomed new comers.
DONE LIFE TOGETHER.
What is a house church? People who love Jesus, doing life together, loving each other and the people around them. You guys. This house church is such a precious gift.
It makes me kinda teary, okay? Like, why can't I stop crying? BECAUSE GOD IS SO FREAKING GOOD.
Our house church is a reboot, a regrowth, a reshoot, a re-whatever of a house church that existed a few years ago in our neighborhood. The house church met with some challenges and needed to stop for a couple of years. When our friends moved back to Dayton, they were ready to reboot right away. They asked us to consider partnering in ministry together to colaunch and coshepherd Triangle House Church 2.0. Although our hearts were still for this neighborhood, we were feeling very safe and happy and nourished in our current house church. It's hard to step out of the comfort zone and embrace a change when what you have is already so good.
I was afraid of all the things. I was afraid of doing ministry in isolation. I was afraid that no one would come. I was afraid we weren't leadership potential, that no one would want to follow our lead. I was afraid of failure basically. It had hurt so much to stop the house church before. I didn't want to go through that again.
God not only brought people, He brought people just as passionate about our neighborhood and community as we were. God brought people who loved him and were excited about experiencing him through a community. God took away the need for us to be the perfect leaders because He became the leader. God provided other families and individuals to host and serve and teach so the ministry is a team effort. It not for once rests entirely on one person.
God brought me my people. People who get it. Who I don't have to explain why I love my messy neighborhood so much because they just love it as much as I do.
When God asks you to do something, it is kind of scary. But can I encourage you? There are vast blessings when you follow His lead. Even if you can't see them right now, you will. He may just bring you your people.
For those wanting the full story behind Triangle House Church from my perspective, follow this link to Where Jesus Is on Apex Anthologies.
Here are some final pics of us doing life together! I pray you find your people as I have found mine!