None of us are perfect by any means, but it is my belief that when we look at the Greatest Commandment, the real goal in all our Christian walks is "love and relationships." Jesus said that "all the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Mt. 22:40). In other words, everything that can be said about our faith (all doctrines, etc.), hangs on love and relationships - first with God, and then with each other. This sums up everything first and foremost. Without that focus first, we all only make a lot of noise (1 Cor. 13:1)
I really don't see this approach as sectarian. The reverse is probably true. Anything that doesn't first focus itself on Jesus' teaching here is likely more at risk of going down the dangerous path towards becoming a sect. Just a thought.
Thanks Marshall, good to hear from you, I received your email the other day. I did visit the fellowship at Jim Healy's house in Springfield. I think they have something good going. It is just a bit too far away for me to travel to on a regular basis, especially with gas prices rising as they are.
Hi Marshall...Thanks for the "welcome" note. At this time I am transitioning from being part of a SBC church here in Las Cruces, NM. I was very much involved in leading a small group there in which we strove to be entirely "grace based". As a result, we seemed to be a haven of safety for a great variety of people from doctors to felons, substance abusers and a prostitute as well as a 40 year old autistic gentleman. I led that group for about 12 years and we all grew together in our understanding of grace...something of which I am still learning. For reasons that relate to control issues and power politics in the church we, as a family, felt led to leave. This has just finally taken place.
I am hoping to start up a simple fellowship in my home...probably starting in May sometime. At this time I suspect we will meet a couple of times a month.
I would be happy to get together with Holly and let her know what we are anticipating. Maybe my wife and I could take her out to lunch or something.
Yes, we meet on Saturday evenings at 7. We worship, study and pursue the Truth of Yahweh as Netzarim/Netsarim believers. Group size varies from 5 or 6 to 22 or 23. If you are interested in more information, just let me know.
No, there is not a simple/home church in my area that I know of. Manson is just north of Henderson. If you know of anyone, please let me know. Lot's of churches up here ... but not (if you know what I mean).
Hi Marshall. Thanks for writing. As far as I know, there is nothing much happening with simple churches here. I've been in town a couple of years and have not had much success connecting with like-minded believers. I don't know RR Todd, but I appreciate you sharing. I saw another name listed in Ruidoso on a search as well. There is no doubt that God sent us here and if needed, eventually we will be a part of planting an organic church...just waiting on the Lord.
Thanks for asking Marshall. We (my wife Kelley and I, and kids) have not found the particular simple church or house church that God has called us to. We know of one house church nearby with people we know, but we don't feel called to join that one. We haven't felt the "go ahead" to start one yet either. Still listening to the Lord after over 2 years out of the institutional church. A lot of good stuff has happened, one-on-one fellowship, family growth in Him, but still listening for what's next.