Pray for our Location

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
Acts 18:7-8 NIV

 

Looking for an open door—literally.

Throughout Paul’s ministry, he used a couple of typical places to launch new churches. First, he would often go to a synagogue, which was the local Jewish place of worship. If he were in an area that didn’t have a strong Jewish presence, he would often go to the marketplace or to places used for political debate. Whether he went to the synagogue or the marketplace, Paul went to places where people were already gathering to reach them where they were.

After reaching a few, he would often organize new believers into smaller groups in local homes. They would move from a large group to a small group, and the church would grow from there. To make this work, there needed to be a public gathering place to teach in, and a private gathering place to grow in.

In many ways, this is how people still plant churches. We need a public place to gather a large number of people, and we need homes to disciple people in smaller groups.

When we launch weekly services, we want to be able to organize people into a worshiping body. To do this, we need a location that works for us and for those we want to reach. We want something that is easy to access, has plenty of room, and has the atmosphere that will connect with people who are disillusioned with church.

Along with a worship location, like the Apostle Paul, we want to organize people into small groups in people’s homes. We know that, in general, people’s spiritual growth happens in circles not rows.

In other words, we need a public gathering place for worship and we need homes for small groups.

From the experiences of others, I know that finding the right location is the one thing that causes the most sleepless nights. It is also where people get to see God move in the most miraculous ways. So, we’re inviting you to join us in this faith-filled time of prayer. Pray that God would open the door for the perfect location for us to reach people for Christ. And pray that God would move the hearts of our people to open up their homes for small groups.

Joe Graves