What if the power we experience at Crossroads on the weekend could be multiplied in the houses, apartments and condos of everyone who believes in Jesus? If homes were filled with worship, teaching, eating together, healing, refuge and family? This is how it was with the Early Church (aka Jesus’ first disciples).
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42–47
Home is where we’re truly ourselves. A place we can invite people to eat, play, rest, be known, experience refuge, be trained, be loved, be challenged, be healed. And using homes to attract people into the transformative love of Jesus does more than any church building ever could. We need homes that love Jesus.
No matter what your couch looks like, whether you’re stocked with Hi-C or MadTree, your home can represent Jesus to all who are invited in.
Pray for God to use your home as a place to bring others closer to Him.
Focus on family-based disciple making.
Eat dinner together. Invite others to join.
Enjoy a weekly “Sabbath”: a time to rest, play and remember God’s goodness.
Look at the gifts and personalities of your home and dream about how God can use them.
Create a household mantra (together) and start living it out.
Try some simple family training.
Start having open houses, using whatever frequency, style and size that works for you.
Get to know your neighbors. Take the Art of Neighboring challenge.
Read the Bible and pray together, even just five minutes over a meal.
Throw great parties. Free block party kit here for ideas.
Create special occasions—whether it’s taking daddy-daughter dates, making amazing birthdays, or designing unique traditions that fit your family.
Take quarterly or annual retreats as a family—whether it’s your biological or spiritual family.
Have affirmation nights. Regularly encourage who God made each individual to be with gusto.
If you have a story about how you’re using your home, or you want to learn more about how to start, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.