In January of this year Heidi and I opened the doors of our hearts and home and started a church, House Church Tulsa. I didn’t start the church because I love church so much that I wanted to have more of it. I didn’t start a church because there are no other good churches in town. I didn’t start a church because I want to spend my life at church, doing church activities, being around church people or planning church services.
I started a church because I have a church in me and it’s the only way I know to get it out!
I have a picture of a church in me that doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before. I have a vision of a church in me that I’m not totally sure how to build…I guess you could say, “I have a dream…” about a church that hasn’t existed yet on the earth, a church that would begin to find its expression in 2014 through a small group of people who dared to say, “Ok, we want to do it. Let’s get to work.”
And so the search for the right building materials, both human and non-human, got its start in our home this year and took a leap outside our home on Easter, April 20, 2014, to continue the search where we currently meet each Sunday at The Harwelden Mansion.
In my heart I have a picture of the people that love this church, and I’ll give you a glimpse of what they look, sound and think like; and I’ll let you how you can tell if they are part of this church: they look like people with hearts that beat out of their chests for a radical spiritual life; they look like people that don’t go to church; they sound like a harmony that no one thought the song needed; they sound like many rushing waters; they think critically and are bold to ask questions; they think. And you can tell they’re part of this church because they have received the limitless, amazing love of God through Christ Jesus and they don’t hesitate to pour it out in like manner on everyone who will take it.
Every Sunday morning at 10:30, and sometimes on Friday nights, the search continues.
I want to see you there, I want to see if you are one of them.