In the bible the word “Christian” may be found around 2-3 times. The word “Disciple” can be found over 200 times. Jesus was the great example of how to do relational discipleship. He took twelve men and did life with them. Over time, these young men grew spiritually by listening and understanding the teachings of Jesus and by his example of day to day life. These twelves men gained personal understanding of Jesus as a friend and teacher and then as Savior, Lord and High Priest. At Embassy, our focus is growing in understanding and knowing Christ for all its worth. Over time we too will grow into deeper levels of spiritual maturity so we can walk worthy of God’s calling on our life.
Great Things Happen in Circles
Embassy of Hope is a “Church of small groups”, not a Church with small groups. Yes, there is a difference. Every Sunday except the last Sunday of each month, we have a time of song, a short teaching from the Bible and then we break off into various small groups to build relationships, discuss and ask questions about the Bible, and pray for one another. We understand that this can be different at first, but over time as you build new friendships, it can be a safe place to share your heart and grow in spiritual understanding.
On Wednesday evenings, we have a great focus on growing as a disciple of Jesus. Each Wednesday night we share a small meal, then break off into the Journey Through Life groups. These groups provide several stages of growth in understanding God and the Lord Jesus. We start off with the basic building blocks of what it means to be a disciples of Christ, and then grow from there. This is a great time to build relationships with each other and grow spiritually at the same time.
The last Sunday of each month is Fellowship Sunday. This is a full service without small groups. We sing more songs, have testimonies, teaching from the bible, baptisms, we remember our Lord Jesus in Communion, and then afterwards share a meal as a church family.
Children and Youth Ministry
The purpose of Children and Youth Ministry is to unleash within these generations of tomorrow-a heartfelt passion for Jesus Christ. As leaders, we endeavor to create a secure environment that will encourage and prepare these young people to develop a lasting commitment to God, building faith, trust, and confidence in them through the application of God’s Word that will reflect His Love and compassion for others. Our purpose is to teach them discipline and instill lifelong values of honesty and integrity as we equip them to live each day as Jesus would have them live and be witnesses to others by setting positive examples to those around them.
Common Meal House Churches
Many Christians look to Sunday morning as the main time where they will be “fed” by someone preaching a sermon, but we want everyone in our church to read through the same portion of Scripture (we have a set reading plan) during the week each day. This is the primary place that they are “fed”, through spending time with God in His word and in prayer.
As we gather together from house to house, we can easily discuss the passages we are all reading. When we gather from house to house, rather than having the pastor preach a sermon, we have a discussion led by a leader/elder/deacon around what everyone read through the week. Instead of coming to consume, people have the expectation that they should be bringing insight from their personal time with the Lord throughout the week. This helps build a culture of people taking time in the word seriously and being devoted to the Scriptures and prayer.