One of the beautiful things of meeting in a simple church setting is that everyone is necessary. God brings the body together knowing the needs of the church. I Corinthians 12:7-11 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” In my experience, God equips people with new spiritual gifts as needs arise as well. He empowers us to love, teach, encourage, and equip one another.
Everyone is necessary. If this is true, then no one can sit back as an observer. I think its very hard to do nothing in a house church setting (one of the reasons I like simple church) but I’m sure that it has happened.
Some may need guidance in this area; especially our children. Yes, even our children, as they grow and give their lives to Christ, are gifted so that they can give to others (inside the body and out).
Our church group read and talked about Spiritual gifts for a week or two. Then, we did something that ended up being a wonderful thing. We went around the room discussing what we saw in each person. We had been meeting for a few years already and most people had been there from the beginning. We had experienced the blessings and growth of each other over time. How amazing and affirming it was to have a room full of people tell you they have been blessed by you in specific ways. Some were told they had the gift of teaching and discernment; others were shepherds, pastors, protectors of our flock; others were encouragers and servants; others leaders, guiding, and “the glue” that made sure we stayed together. We even discussed the children and talked with them about how we saw God at work in their lives.
I will never forget that day. There is something about being affirmed that God is doing a particular thing (amongst others) in your life. And he has a specific reason for cultivating these things in you: I Corinthians 12: 18 “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”