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Our combined church teaching, come learn what the Bible has to say about your personal walk with the Lord!
Smaller Bible Studies that foster personal relationships.
HOME GROUP MINISTRIES
HOME GROUP MINISTRIES
Bible studies for every age.
Bringing the love of Christ to the community.
How does Xenos work?
Xenos is all about Christian fellowship and Bible studies meeting in homes, at Central Teachings and in a variety of sizes and approaches to fit our modern culture of diversity. We also resist elitism or social isolation, and we try to engage our communities and even the diverse cultures outside our experience. With discussion groups we build relationships in the neighborhood. Our student/youth ministries help kids succeed in school, pursue higher education, build character, and learn how to love their families with greater sacrifice.
It’s traditionally called “ministry”, but we call it The Love Ethic Jesus taught in the Bible, and it results in the most fruitful life available to humanity. People love Bible studies once they see The Love Ethic touching their hearts.This is why people at Xenos are so creative at finding new and different ways to reach others with the Love Ethic of Jesus Christ. We fight povertyand pursue the global concerns Jesus held for all humanity. These are important ways to reach outside the local Christian community with genuine concern.
All these groups require qualified leaders and workers who need support, so we provide equipping through Bible education, online resources, some pastoral counseling, leadership mentoring (which includes oversight), and finally logistical support for these efforts, which enables our groups to support each other through various retreats, our financial ministry, and events like baptisms, . But “infrastructure” should never overshadow what really matters:
“What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:7, NLT)
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.
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.