The mission of Trinity Fellowship International is to find the rejected, disconnected and discarded parts of the Lord’s Church and help heal, sort and reassemble according to the teachings of our Lord and Apostles in the New Testament (I Cor.1:17-31; Eph.4:1-16; John.17).
The mission includes the development of House Church ministries. House Church ministries are not to be satellite Bible study groups of a larger monolithic theater megachurch program. House Churches are to be autonomous physically, but spiritually share in the beautiful unity of Christ (Eph. 4:11-16 and John 17).
The original impact of the Early Church should be carefully studied and emulated. If we cannot surpass the Early Church in effectiveness and power, then we should emulate The Early Church. We should not seek to deviate from the original productive pattern given under the anointing and guidance of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles.
Our mission also includes the restoration of “servant-elders.” The Early Church had ministers and elders. All elders were ministers, but not all ministers were elders. We need to return to the pattern of authority that was initiated by the Holy Spirit in the Early Church (Eph.4:1-16). Otherwise, we will continue to “burn out” good men that God has raised up, by giving them too much to carry.
Our Lord’s basic ministry was to train disciples. Our Lord built no buildings and collected no tithes. As gifts were given from the loving hearts of faithful believers He simply directed the funds to help the poor and to support the needs of evangelism and discipleship training. It is time to embrace our Lord’s wonderful mission as found in:
( Isa. 61:1-2b and Luke 4:17-21 )
“House Churches” are the missing nurseries needed for the training of disciples and needed future leaders. Nothing should be wasted in the use of the present existing structures, but it is important to learn to go forward with the effective use of New Testament House Church ministries. We will not see His Kingdom among us and as recorded in (Acts 5:16) if we are not willing to change.
House Churches should not seek to pull members from existing ministries, nor should they in any way be in competition with existing church programs or ministries. House Church ministries should meet in the evenings, especially on Saturday evening as few churches meet on Saturday evenings. No negativity should ever be directed at the work of any other ministry that loves the Lord Jesus Christ and is walking in their understanding of His mission and vision. House Churches should support other ministries prayerfully, spiritually, physically and in any way possible as directed by the Holy Spirit. House Churches should focus on seeking those who are noted in (1 Cor. 1:26-28). These are the rejected and walking wounded of the spiritual wars of this generation. These folks love the Lord but do not attend church due to past disillusions, wounds, powerlessness, and disappointments.
Our Lord has said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” I believe this scripture should also be viewed in conjunction with Paul’s teachings of (Eph. 4:11-16). The Church, in general, has failed to understand the depth of spiritual significance in these passages in context with other related texts. We have not yet perfected the Saints, and today, more babies are being born or murdered each year in America than are being brought into the discipleship of Jesus Christ. Generally, the Church has failed to make disciples. The present leadership is burned out or burning out and we wonder why. Saints are discouraged with programs and are staying home more and more. Television seems to become more exciting vicariously than our average church is for real.
The primitive first-century approach to discipleship was the best support that the Holy Spirit could release to new believers. The three streams of evangelical, liturgical and charismatic truths were in unity together and were the “River of Life.” At the beginning of the church all of the vitamins and minerals were available in one healthy fellowship of believers. There were no denominational, religious or doctrinal divisions or walls. There was a secure quest for God’s truth in the Holy Spirit. Not everything was clearly understood but there was a deep and wonderful concern for the “unity of the faith in the bond of peace.”
Are we better off today in our churches, or do we see the Early Church as better off in the Book of Acts? It must be understood that the Lord will not honor any assault on any present structure, programs or systems of the “church.” The good seed and bad must be left to grow together until the harvest, else the good seed may be damaged. But the harvest is nearing and much is left to be done to prepare for the last great ingathering. There is a great need for a return to the “First Love” and the “First Work,” and that special spiritual time of unity in faith with our Lord.
The “House Church” ministry will need to begin again to focus on and explore the New Testament liturgy as found in (Acts 2:38). The Lord’s Supper must be the central focus and gathering point.
There are three steps prior and three steps post in enjoying the Lord’s Supper. Faith will need to be restored for the expectancy of the mystical presence of our Lord through the Holy Spirit with the confirmation of signs following. This can only happen by coming together with one mind and one spirit (John 17). The message of His Kingdom should be confirmed by His presence prior to sharing the way of salvation. We have been persuading people to get “saved” by fear of hell and not with the understanding of the vision for His Kingdom. Nor, having any experience at all concerning the Kingdom of our Lord. Most Christians have never experienced the power of the Kingdom of our Christ. We must seek to build on the New Testament faith and unity to return to the faith level of (Acts 5:16).
It seems that the time is at hand to encourage the gatherings of House Church ministries. If you are interested in a House Church ministry you might consider sharing this mission and vision with your friends. At the present time, we have felt led to develop a ministry called: Trinity Fellowship International. This is a “work in progress” ministry and very open to suggestions.
Trinity Fellowship International’s ministry’s primary purpose is to encourage the gathering of “House Churches.” It is important to our Lord that Christians should be gathered, healed, empowered and released to multiply. “House Churches” must remain small and independent and only by faith and love be joined into a larger consensual (Eph.4:11-16), eldership covering. Special buildings will not be needed and the gifts & offerings can go directly toward the support of leadership or be used to minister to the poor. It seems the larger an organization the harder it is to keep true to the primary vision. The restoration of “House Church” ministries would encourage leadership to grow very quickly by being in the forum-setting of the Early Church ( 1 Cor.14).