How are you? I’m well.
Today, I would like to write more on House Church. On March 30, this year, I had a dream. In a swimming pool, there came many people. Among them, I saw dozens of pregnant women. In the water, people sat around, making a big circle. And I swam, circling around them, behind their backs. Later at night, the swimming pool was supposed to be closed and I wished I could have stayed longer, but I was trying to leave the pool.
When I awoke, I felt it was part of the consecutive dreams on house church, following the three dreams I shared in my previous blog, House Church 2. I interpret the people who circled around were the people in house church, as if they sat around on the sofa at home. And I also interpret a big circle would mean spirit realm and swimming is moving in the spirit realm. And the pregnant women would mean the Lord’s bringing forth something new through house church. And there would be a great harvest, as the pool was crowded with people.
Later, I wanted to search for some teachings online on house church in Korean, to share them with a Korean missionary. And I was quite surprised to see a series of teachings that were posted at that time, and the shows were produced by a Christian TV network that my Seoul church founded. It is a mega church, yet it started to teach on house church. The shows featured a Korean pastor who served a Korean church in Houston in the USA. He was an engineer in Silicon Valley before he was called to the ministry. When he was invited to become a pastor in the Korean church in Houston, he wanted to have a church in the New Testament, which is house church. So, he made a condition that he would like to run the church like house church, though there would be a corporate gathering in the traditional church setting on Sunday. So, during the shows, he shared what the house church is, what it should be like and so on. And he said that the only verb among Jesus' commands that is present progressive form in the original Greek is “make disciples.” So, we must keep on making disciples. And he went on to say that many Christians try to make a scholar, when it comes to the discipleship. But it is about doing Jesus’ ministry and having His character in us.
I was reminded of what Pastor John Fenn said that discipleship is supernatural. I would understand that. Just think about your family or your workplace or your school or your church. People are not always lovable. Perhaps your closest ones would be the ones to push your buttons. And you would see so selfish and self-centered people in church! But we should love those seemingly unlovable people with the heart of Father. I heard some preachers say that we should look at others just as our Father looks at them. I know it would need much patience, but it’s all about love. It’s my prayer these days that I would have the Father’s heart and His eyes so that I would love others and see them as He sees them. I still fail, but I would not give up, and continue to ask the Father to have mercy on me and help me.
No matter whether you will be part of a house church or a traditional church, I would like to encourage you to be a disciple, not just a member of church and to keep on making disciples. It would start from your home, your workplace, your school and your communities. I pray that we love our Lord and love our neighbors and we are conformed to the image of Christ, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5:2~4)