“As For Me…”
“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 5:42 (emphasis added)
”But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (emphasis added)
The Body of Christ meeting in homes is not a new concept. Sadly, the concept of whole families, whole households, meeting in homes seems to have been lost. Joshua was very proactive in stating that his household would not just “hear the Word” or “be present” when the Word was read, but that they would be active in service.
The small group movement has a great opportunity to combine these two Scriptures to empower families, release parents in the discipleship of their children, and give a clear statement in words and deed that God’s foundational community of family is to be protected, empowered, and released to express the heart of His wider community – the Body of Christ.
Sadly, I have been in situations where a small group meeting is in progress and the children of the family are excluded and just told to play in another room or to watch a TV program. This also has extended to children who come with their parents, or are left at home – so the parents can “worship without hindrance,” or “hear the Word without distraction.” What message does the small group give to the children or teenagers by not including them? God created the household, the family as His basic community.
The family is supposed to embrace the wider community, to open the doors of their homes and declare to the world that God’s community is alive, active, and “serving Him together” as they meet “from house to house,” proclaiming together the “good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”