Meetings

Central Teaching

People start arriving Saturday night for CT around 5:30 pm, hang out, drink coffee, and start gabbing!  (Sometimes it's an effort to get people seated!) But the Bible study usually begins at 6:00 pm. At CT we get away from the formalities and traditions which aren't so relevant to modern minds, because these often interfere with the real, timeless message of Jesus Christ.

Visitors often remark how surprised they are to discover the relevance and usefulness of the Bible. At CT relevant issues like personal growth and relationships in marriage, or with family and friends come alive in the Bible. The teachings attract an audience from diverse backgrounds and ages, because the Bible addresses the deep needs of the human soul, which we all share in common.

The Bible study lasts for about 45 or 50 minutes, then an open-floor discussion begins because studying the Bible usually raises very interesting issues for people. It's a great opportunity to simply observe and see how easy it is to share and talk in this group. Then people share their burdens or thoughts in prayer to God. Anyone can pray. It turns the meeting into a real Koinonia (the biblical word for "fellowship"). Then Saturday night kicks in!  People are in a great mood, and often find CT is a great place to hookup, make plans, then go "paint the town red!"

Also, no need to worry about your kids. OASIS offers childcare and classes for all ages during CT, while other student groups carry on their own meetings.

Home Church

Christian groups come alive with a “sense of awe” and excitement about God, from the earliest times (see Acts 2:42). Whenever Christians share the reality of spiritual life together, they so enjoy Bible teachings, discussions and prayer, they begin hopping “from house to house,” as it says, and it’s a sweet time. It’s not a phenomenon limited to Xenos. We’ve seen it for decades in many Christian groups, and history is filled with a multitude of such house church movements. Christianity was the first (and still the only) movement in history set free from temples, “sacred space” and other religious containments. The Bible clearly says such “sacred space” actually suppresses the joy Jesus brought (see Hebrews 10).

We’ve found several advantages to meeting in a home. It’s comfortable and friendly, so people raise issues and add to the teaching. Questions and evidence for beliefs or biblical assertions can be examined in a friendly manner. But the greatest advantage is the way closer relationships can form in the Body of Christ and with newcomers. The Christian faith is designed for personal relationships, where God’s love becomes evident as people care and take interest in others. We “don’t go to church” because “we are the church”, the Bible says, so Home Churches are an essential part of spiritual life at Xenos. When average Christians get an opportunity to use their gifts in significant ways, learning about Jesus becomes incredibly exciting. Besides, Home Church meetings are a blast, and this is why they grow and split and grow…

Home Churches for all-ages meet other times during the week. The Bible studies are well-prepared and challenging, and the fellowship is engaging — it’s fun to get to know people! These volunteer teachers and leaders receive advanced training at local Xenos Bible Classes and in Columbus, at nearby seminaries and extension campuses, and extensive personal study. The Bible was written to be accessible to all Christians and not just a select few (see 1 Pet 2:9), which explains our rather large number of competent leaders and teachers.