“They Met In Their Homes”
We spent the duration of the first school year meeting together with our small motley crew. One significant move we did make, and would become a hallmark of the Revolution, is we moved our gatherings out of the church and into our home.
I felt that the church building carried a certain stigma that repelled or at least hindered some teenagers from wanting to come. We named my book-filled, fireside basement study “The Professor’s Study” and gathered weekly for Bible Study.
We were back in Acts 2, gathered together in our home, breaking bread and committing ourselves to the Apostles’ teaching with glad and sincere hearts. There were just a handful of us: Sara and Laura, Jeffrey and Jonathan, Brandon and Michael, Amy and Charlie, and Keri and I. If this was the Revolution then it was certainly abiding by Jesus’ mustard seed principle of Kingdom growth! It was indeed “the smallest of all the seeds.”
To this day I still have a photograph hanging in my study of that original group of teens sitting on Amy’s orange pick-up truck. It’s a daily reminder that Kingdom-expansion really does begin with an awkward group of shy kids in a basement:
“Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade” (Mark 4:30-32).