When Did Gospel Fellowships Start?
Answer. Since 2012, a growing group of believers in North America started to sense the Lord’s calling to gather as other house Churches around the world. In response to this, the volume, Principles for the Gathering of Believers, was compiled and had in a short time over 50,000 downloads in ebook format.
Why So Much Emphasis on Evangelism?
Answer. In many ways the Church in the West has abandoned the great commission and has stopped witnessing causing little growth and a lack of health overall. The majority of the world is in darkness as we read this and God is by-passing a Western Church and using simpler methods like those who are “poor in the eyes of the world” (James 2:5) to bring the Gospel to the unreached. One Chinese underground worker summarizes it for us when he said that “If we stopped witnessing we would stop being persecuted.” Gospel Fellowships are believers who are committing to follow the underground workers of the world in their vibrant witness and sharing of the Good News of Jesus despite any difficulties and obstacles that they have encountered in their cultures. We are not interested in Church politics, division and doctrinal disputes over nonessentials. When we lose our focus we cease to be a salt and light to the world
Underground Church in North America?
The Underground Church in other countries such as China and Iran where freedom is curtailed consists of groups of believers that cannot meet together openly in a society, but who also have discovered a vibrant faith and witness that parallels the Church of the Book of Acts through their simplicity of dependence upon the Holy Spirit as a teacher, and the headship of Jesus Christ in their fellowships. We believe that in North America we need to start to think and act like these vibrant Underground Churches around the world, not only because our freedoms as Christians are lessening, but because we have lost touch with the simplicity of the gospel, and the deep fellowship combined with the great outreach opportunities that can be found in a closely knit but small fellowship. Smaller fellowships that choose to multiply rather than grow large, and have learned to network with each other for the type of additional support normally found in larger churches. Imitating the structure of the Underground churches of other countries does not mean anti-government, rather we are always praying for the leaders of our country and seek to live in peace under their care. We are not here to change our country, but to change people’s lives. Gospel fellowships are not in most cases registered as non-profits or seek a building but meet privately in homes to worship God and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We do not have a need for clergy licences or depend upon pastoral fixed salaries.
Is There A Listing of Fellowships?
Answer. We are not offering a listing of individuals or house Churches as we are not a denomination or seek to be such, so there is no signup list. All house Churches that are or will be connected with Gospel Fellowships are connected through relationships with believers and through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
How Can I contact Gospel Fellowships?
Answer. You can directly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get in touch with you.