What Happens When No One Preaches

Yesterday was our “All House Church Meeting.”

It normally is the one time a month where our house churches gather together for a more concrete time preaching, worship, and vision casting.

I had a message to share that fit within those lines. It didn’t get shared yesterday.

Instead, when we gathered, everyone was catching up. The holidays were long and relationships needed some time to reconnect. Then, the news of a brother who was part of on of our house churches passing away had to be talked through. Next, an extended time of worship came and it was more participatory than normal. This is a good thing.

When worship was over, we talked over our network’s support of a house church network in Uganda and how we will handle finances with that. Then we talked over an upcoming time of fasting and prayer we hope to have. Then we prayed for those affected by the passing of our friend and those who needed healing. Then the pizza arrived and the kids could not be held back any longer.

So, no, we never got to the message.

We did sing the word back and forth to each other. We did live out the word in our care for one another. We did call each other to biblical financial principals and plan a way to increase our faithfulness. And we did pray for those who are sick and in need, like the Bible commands us to.

It’s rare for us not open the Bible when we gather, but if you had your eyes open, you might have watched a sermon in progress.

Photo Credit: Man and woman sitting on a sofa in a room by Ben White on Unsplash


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

4 responses to “What Happens When No One Preaches”

  1. Gunnar Armstrong says :

    Travis: Teaching is important. But it is more important to let the Holy Spirit do his work.


    • traviskolder says :

      Gunnar! It’s been so long…I’m so glad to hear from you. Yes, teaching is important and I don’t want to diminish the role of teaching in our house churches. That’s been done to often, to the point where no one teaches and everything is disorganized. My point here is while teaching is important, it’s not EVERYTHING like it so often becomes in more preaching-oriented gatherings. So, while I would hate for teaching to never happen in our churches, it’s okay if every once-in-awhile it doesn’t happen because the Holy Spirit is doing something else. Thanks again for stopping by and dropping a comment.

      • Gunnar Armstrong says :

        Travis: Thanks for your response. I totally agree with what you have written.

        It has been a while. I have been busy, and your blog has gone in somewhat a variety of directions. That is fine, of course — you need to blog about what you want to write about — but I do like it when you write about doing house church. It seems so few people blog about it anymore.

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