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13. House Book Resources

Greatest Resource

Modern Bible VersionThe Bible, in a modern version, is the greatest of resources. I prefer the New International Version, which is probably the most accurate. I would suggest that the group read a chapter a week beginning in the New Testament with John's Gospel. Readings from Matthew, Mark (the shortest), or Luke can follow John's Gospel. The latter has the added advantage of being followed naturally by the Acts of the Apostles, which is the story of the Apostles and the Early Church. Don't forget Saint Paul's letters and then Psalms and Proverbs. Saint Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3.16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." All Christians need to be thoroughly equipped. The Bible is the best resource. Add to that a good commentary like the NIV Study Bible or Barclay's Daily Study Bible, and you are well on your way. A Concordance at the back of a Bible or Study Bible can be most useful in finding a verse or topic in a discussion. ✞

Modern Version

This book list is only an example. There are many other excellent Bible-based books available.
"Mere Christianity" - C. S. Lewis
"Basic Christianity" - John Stott
"Jesus Among Other gods" - Ravi Zacharias
"More than a Carpenter" - Josh McDowell
Carpenter"The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life" - Charles Stanley
"Questions of Life" and "Challenging Lifestyle" - Nicky Gumbel

House Leader Help

Apostles CreedThe prayer leader may use the House leader's help for background reading and preparation of an effective small group. Here are some House leader helps with small groups. They are widely available from eBay or Christian bookshops around the country.✞

Background Reading

Saint Francis of AssisiHere are some selected house leader helps in prayer. There are many other resources for prayers available on the internet. It is wise to examine their source and particularly their content carefully. What we pray is what we believe!

Christian House Resources

The preparation of a House of Faith meeting uses Christian house resources. These may include books, videos, CDs, computers, eBooks, and other media. (use a unit for each weekly meeting plus questions given)

Videos as Teaching Time

Create Household Faith

Chicago ChurchThe creation of a household of faith in a home uses resources and materials suggested. A historical review presents the work. Captain Bruce Smith, The Rev Captain Ron Meacock, and an article by Susan Mann appeared in The Anglican in April 2002. These introduce various aspects of the program from different viewpoints. Please go to the presentation on creating a household of faith in your church. We will see how Households of Faith work. You can create your own in various ways using other models like Messy Church or Alpha. How houses of faith use them to develop and widen the work of the local church. We also discuss the actual running of a Household of Faith and where to get help in establishing and developing this model of Church Growth.

Historical Review

Village SceneHouseholds of Faith were developed and used over the centuries in both the Old and New Testaments. Importantly, there is a historical review between AD 50 and 313 in the development of the Household of Faith during the New Testament and Early Church period. Finally, you can create your Household of Faith today.✞

"House Book Resources"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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