HOME CHURCH GUIDE
In this season where our Church is unable to gather as a whole family for worship, we’re seeking to equip our Restoration family for God’s work among them – right where they are. That’s what Home Church is all about: giving you tools to gather with community groups or other believers (*safely* in person or online) for a shared experience of worship with the whole Restoration family. Below, you’ll find three movements of worship together: Worship (praise and prayer), Word (opening the Scriptures), and Witness (talking it out and living it out. So whether with a community group or a friend or two, let’s worship together! (Kids Resources Here!)
WORSHIP: PRAISE AND PRAYER
Worship is the continual process of orienting our hearts around that which we value most. Each Sunday, we worship in song and prayer to offer our hearts and allegience to Jesus, who alone is worthy of our praise. In your Home Churches, we encourage worship through the use of the video below or by worship in person. If you cannot participate through song in your group, spend time answering this question:
What do I have to praise God for this week?
WORD: OPENING THE SCRIPTURES
WITNESS: TALK AND LIVE IT OUT
Whether among your community group or a few friends over Zoom, we want to challenge you to move beyond just knowledge and information and into practicing the way of Jesus in your everyday life! But we do this together. Below you’ll find some questions to discuss, as well as next steps for living it out!
1. What are the barriers to deeper community and devotion in my life… and how can I remove them?
2. The greek word for “devoted themselves” (v. 42) means to push in the same direction together. What would a more common, shared devotion look like in your Home Church or relationships How might you be devoted together?
3. Acts 2:42-47 gives several examples of the common devotion in the early Church, like studying the Scriptures, prayer, generosity, and breaking bread. As you read this passage, what do you see that you long for in your own community? What is missing?
4. The early Church shared a supernatural unity, even in their diversity (v. 44). In such divisive times, how can we maintain and foster communities where we remain united in spite of our differences?
5. These early communities grew rapidly (v. 47) , not from a well-planned strategy, but simply by living compelling lives of love together. What are the ways that our community might display the gospel to the world through our lives together… even during times like these?
Practice: Pray for your Church. We are living in a difficult season as a Church. This week, pray for Restoration and the Home Churches throughout the city. Pray that God’s spirit would empower our community to be a living alternative to the isolation, division, and anxiety that pervaids our culture. Pray for your leaders, and pray for those in your Home Church. I think you get the point. 🙂 Pray!
Reminder: If you’re in a Home Church, talk through your plan. (HomeGroupPlanningGuide)