"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Good Time, Good Fellowship, Good Music, Good Teaching

~We have been so blessed , in every sense of the word, to have the Job family here in our home ,and in our home fellowship for a brief stay before they head up to Burlington, Washington and then back to their home in England. For any who have a teeny bit of curiosity about home church, Beresford Job's book BIBLICAL CHURCH is the book to read. Above is a photograph of Beresford,(left) and a brother in Christ, Joe Emmi, from Oregon. ~Joe came up from Oregon with a friend, and after a meal, we had a wonderful time of music and singing in the home of the Wingmaster and his family. Joe Emmi contributed some absolutely beautiful songs he wrote and sang accompanied by his guitar. IF he ever concedes to record his music I want to order the first recording.~ ~Others meeting together this evening.(Jobs , left, Coulters, right) We meet in homes and come together with songs, praises, scripture, prayer...." no one leads from the front. We are in the home of whichever family is on the rota for that week, and there is precisely no front to lead from. We all sit around the sides of the room- some on chairs and others on the floor depending upon available space- and everyone can clearly see everyone else's face. All are free to interject into the silence, whether with sung praise and worship, a prayer, a tongue, an interpretation, a prophecy, a testimony, a request for prayer, a word of encouragement. a word of instruction from the scriptures, or a reading from them; anything , in fact, which would have the effect of encouraging and building up in the Lord those present. This is the foundational underlying principle and rule laid down in scripture for the I Corinthians 14 time; " When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church." Beresford Job Biblical Church ~My Hubby ( above) with our youngest grandson, Little J. Our children ,now grown, grew up being involved in our home church and worship. They were not handed over to teachers or babysitters while we sat without them, and soaked up preaching, teaching, and singing in church. As you can see from the pictures, our grandchildren participate in home church with us and their parents. Our sons home church in another town with our other granddaughters and brothers and sisters in Christ....(below, our daughter, A.Joy, mother of Little J.) " In the New Testament, and therefore in a biblical church, the children are seen to be as much a part of the proceedings as everyone else, and that includes the ' I Corinthians 14'worship and sharing time as well. Or to put it another way, the children are, quite simply, as much a part of the church as everyone else, and not in a million years are they supposed to just be 'got out of the way'. And neither should they be ever be viewed as anyone's responsibility, spiritual or otherwise, except their parents. Indeed, it should be the utter delight of parents to have their children with them as much as humanly possible..." Biblical Church, Beresford Job ~We are so thankful God has allowed us to home school and home church our children and see that our grown children value what they were taught, enough to do so themselves. We are so thankful to home church with our daughter and her family, to snuggle grandchildren while we enjoy the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ, enjoy meals and songs and praises together, and lots and lots of wonderful music, and knowing that we are there for each other in spite of our human flaws and problems...and that God has graciously extended to us His grace...sufficient for all."I leave you with this thought: If scripture says something, then whatever that thing is, it is right. Conversely, if something goes against scripture, then whatever that thing is, it is wrong. Therefore, when it comes to church life and practice, who are you going to go with; the Lord Jesus Christ and His written Word, or the traditions of the early Church Fathers? Beresford Job BIBLICAL CHURCH "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine..." John 7:17

9 comments:

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Wonderful. Peaceful, and full of love. And beautifully painted in a story by you, Kathy.

Mildred said...

Thank you for sharing such a sweet time of fellowship and for the link to the book. What a blessing to meet with friends and family and share God's love.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Home church, home school, home where we all belong! There's nothing like being surrounded by loving people.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thank you for sharing your gathering with us - it would be fabulous to have a group in which one felt accepted and valued just for who you are not what you do or have. The book is very good (anyone thinking of reading it) and Beresford Job definitely does his scriptural homework. After reading online the story of his courtship - I love seeing his wife and daughter!

noble pig said...

I think home church is a wonderful idea. I was never much for going to a place for services. Why shouldn't it be in the home. Thank you for sharing your life with us and your grandson is so adorable!

Amy said...

How fun!

Shellmo said...

What a beautiful and inspirational family fellowship you have!!

Lanny said...

Dirt and I will always be very grateful for you and Jim being our friends over the years and encouraging us in the direction of home churching.

Daisy said...

"For wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." --Matthew 18:20

It sounds like a lovely way to celebrate your faith, Kathy.