We are walking through several benefits to the household approach to discipleship listed by Eric Wallace in his book “Uniting Church and Home.” My goal in these blog posts is to help us consider the urgent need for families to live out the biblical mandate of home discipleship.
Benefit 4: A household approach is well suited for listening to others and meeting their needs. When you practice hospitality you have the one-on-one time with others to get to know them and to most effectively minster to them. Relationships are essential to spiritual growth. Making the household the primary place of ministry enables families to build relationships and meet the needs of others in practical ways in day-to-day life, not only in the times when the church meets for its regular schedule and programs.
Benefit 5: A household approach enables household members to grow together, to hold each other accountable, and to develop and live out a common vision. When households learn and serve together, members achieve a greater level of encouragement and accountability because they can more easily apply what they are learning to life situations. When households learn and serve together, God often develops ongoing household ministries through shared vision.
Prayerfully consider how you and your family can reach out and show the love of Christ to those in your community and workplace. Let’s reach out and share the living hope we have in Jesus Christ.