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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Well, God certainly planned this long time ago that I should co-work with this family barber of mine. This nice brother is almost twice of my age, and is surely one who is matured enough in the faith. Truth is, I have been discussing the house church principle with him during our haircut sessions which took place throughout the years. Amazingly, God convinced him of what the house church principle is and is about, after I passed him a book relating to the house church issue a couple of months back. His response much surprises me, and his excitement and enthusiasm goes beyond my expectation, and I could only thank God for one more person knowing the truth more and actually being excited and energized by it.

In fact, he told me that it was at the right point in time that I handed him that book, since he was indecisive if he should help facilitate a cell group as he was approached by some young-in-Christ couples to be their spiritual mentor. In his own words, he has now seen a new perspective pertaining to the church issue and the need for a biblical model of church meetings. He even confessed that prior to the passing of the book to him, he was contemplating on enrolling in a theological college in order to go full-time. Presently, he does not see the need to any longer, if not being against the whole idea of the need for the requirement of a theological degree in order to be a spiritual worker.

Thus even though he hasn't shared the house church principle with his mentees, I know he desires to do the right thing right in those fortnightly meetings, so that people can see that it's different. To the truest sense of the words, my wife and myself have the privilege to be invited down to their cell meeting last saturday evening. And sure it was a great time for both of us, since we have hardly meet up with other believers, other than those we have been in close contacts with, when we left institutionalism.

Indeed, I thank God for this timely arrangement that there is someone whom we are familiar with and could co-work with. In fact, we have already agreed to meet up this thursday evening over dinner again, to feedback and discuss with him on the practical areas which we think would require improvements to realize the proper house church expression in the long run. Certainly, it takes God to birth a Church and we sincerely seek God in providing His guidance and His Spirit so that everyone involved in the gathering would be renewed and transformed into functioning priests that would glorify the Lord. And let us learn to carry our crosses and pour out ourselves for the Church. May God help us as we pray. Amen.

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