We have entered the Kingdom Age. In Matthew’s gospel alone Jesus speaks 24 times about the kingdom of God and in all four gospels together only twice about the church.
The kingdom is the original message of Jesus and the first church:
From “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Mt 6:10 to “and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Mt 24:14
We are rediscovering God’s original blueprints. It’s exciting to see more and more people around the world being church in their homes: As a house church and as simple, extended kingdom families. Just as we experience it in Acts and as it is often expressed in Paul’s letters. Here are just two examples:
“Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.” Col 4:15
“Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert.” Rom 16:5
We are also discovering that in Acts, in addition to the house churches, there were also larger houses where people lived together, prayed together, were equipped and sent out. Such apostolic hubs or resource houses are “like the joints” of local home church networks and smaller communities. Together with the apostolic hubs, such kingdom communities can become a city on the mountain with the creative power to change their environment in the most diverse areas of life locally and in other countries in an innovative colorful divine way.
What is an apostolic hub?
… an apostolic hub preaches and proclaims Christ’s gospel of the kingdom of God
… is a community and an ark where people are received and are sent out. (Acts 13:1-3)
… is committed to prayer and worship and apostolic teaching.
… is committed to fellowship and all that this word means.
… births ministries and trains trainers who train others. (2. Tim 2:2)
… is committed to share, work and live together.
… continues to function daily like a family, 24/7 in all kinds of various gatherings:
a hub is not just “church” on the weekends.
… a place where each five-fold ministry knows their role.
… births more apostolic hubs in a relational way.
An apostolic hub in Paphos, Cyprus.
Paphos is mentioned in Acts 13:6. Paphos was the first stop on Paul’s first missionary journey with powerful wonders and signs. After two and a half years of preparation, we now want to rent a larger house here in Paphos, where people live, work and share together, preaching the gospel of the kingdom. A place where everyone is welcome and can serve. Come and go.
Dream and pray with us.
As a team from different countries, we pray together, online every day. Pray with us! Rediscover God’s blueprints together with us. It will be a process of listening to God and will be for sure full of adventures. Who knows, maybe God also will talk about such practical things as beekeeping and growing healthy vegetables.
Blessings, Günther Hess
Start a simple home church or an apostolic hub in your place today and make it a house of prayer.