BUILDING HOUSEHOLDS OF FAITH

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BUILDING HOUSEHOLDS OF FAITH
CWA Conference 4th April 2011
Welcome to
Stirling Avenue Mennonite
Church
We are a congregation
nurturing households of
faith
that respond to God
through worship,
spirituality,
learning, caring
relationships and living
justly.
CHURCH – THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH
• Hebrews 3.1-6 (cf Nu 12.7 & 1
Chron 17.14)
• 1 Peter 2.4-8; 4.17
• 1 Tim 3.15
CHURCH – THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH
• Ephesians 2.19-22
• Strangers (paroikos)
• Members of household
(oikeios) Gal 6.10
• Built on (epoiodomeo) 1
Cor 3.10-14
• Building (oikodome )Eph
4.12, 16, 29
• Building Together
(sunoikodomeo)
• Dwelling Place
(katoiketerion) Jer 9.10; Rev
18.2
CHURCH – THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH
• Gospels
• The new family
Matt 10.21-25 & 34-39;
12.46ff; 18.1-4; 19.29;
23.8f; Mark 3.31-35;
10.29f; Luke 12.53 (Micah
7.6); 18.29f
• The family/household
matters
Luke 1 & 2; 9.57-62; 12.5153; 14.15-35; 18.18-30 household meals etc esp
in Luke; Matt 5.27-32;
19.3-9,19
HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES
• Acts 2.46; 5.42; 10.17 11.18; 16.13-15; 16.25-34;
18.8; 20.7-12; 20.20
• 1 Corinthians 1.16
• Colossians 4.15
• Philemon 2
• 2 Tim 1.16 & 4.19
• Household worship,
breaking of bread,
teaching, preaching,
evangelism, baptisms,
church
HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES
Priscilla & Aquila
• Acts 18.1-8 – In Corinth
• Paul stays in household
of Priscilla & Aquila (cf
18.26)
• Romans 16.5 & 1 Cor
16.19 ‘Greet also the
church in their (Priscilla
& Aquila) house’
HOUSEHOLD CODES
• Mirror codes of the ancient
world and yet go beyond them
• Ephesians 5.21 – 6.9
• Women, children and slaves
are named and identified.
Unlike other ancient codes. To
name is to identify, give
significance to, value. read in
the light of ‘the household of
God’ in Eph 2
• Colossians 3.18 – 4.1
• 1 Peter 2.18 – 3.7 – read in the
light of the spiritual house of
2.4-8
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
FOOD
• Weekly household
meals – Fair Oak story
• ‘Grace’ as part of
household life at family
meals
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
BIBLE READING & PRAYER
• Family Bible Reading –
Howard Worsley
• Extended Family Bible
Reading – Keith White
& Mill Grove
• Family Liturgies
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
FAMILY FUN
• Church on the Hill –
Carolyn Edwards
• Games, Swimming,
Film ......
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
EXTENDING HOUSEHOLD
• Families coming
together as extended
households
• Families incorporating
single people as
extended households –
modelling singleness
and offering community
• Families welcoming
visitors as temporary
household members
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
ACTING JUSTLY
• Households as places
where justice is
practised
• Households which
engage in pursuing
justice – child
sponsorship; global
prayer
HOUSEHOLD FAITH TODAY
AWAY FROM IT ALL
• Times away – camps,
house-parties etc as
experience of extended
households –
Temporary
Communities
MESSY CHURCH – A Proposal
• Messy Church – a form
of extended
household?
• Development therefore
is both taking this back
into households & then
helping them be
extended households
• Messy Church as a
model for more church
life?
QUESTIONS
• What examples /
stories can you share of
building households of
faith?
• What role can we play
as CWAs in encouraging
the building of
households of faith?

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