The House

a ministry of gathering focused on mission and discipleship

 

 

Our work in this reconciliation movement of restoration and salvation is to be and make disciples.  By accepting the invitation to be like Jesus, who lived out forgiveness and compassion, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection, we enter into endless opportunities happening around us.   

A disciple is one who is intentionally following Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and living like Jesus in community with others on mission.

Jesus was a Rabbi and lived fully into the Rabbinical tradition of his time.  Jesus' teaching showed wisdom and insight that only a great Rabbi would have.  He was an esteemed Rabbi that one would want to follow.  Jesus sought out ordinary people and taught them a new way of living.  A life of hope, forgiveness, grace, and healing.  Jesus lived and taught the ways of the Kingdom of God.
 
A disciple chosen by a Rabbi would devote his whole life to be like his Rabbi. They would memorize their teacher's words, learn their teacher's traditions, imitate their teachers actions, and eventually raise up their own disciples.  Jesus' final words to his disciples are words to continue on what Jesus did in their lives.  "Go out and train everyone you meet far and near in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.  I will be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." (Matthew 28)

Jesus entered into a tradition of the time and faithfully called people out to be part of the work of God.  Jesus believed in people and entrusted the work of God into their hands.  By the power of the Spirit filling men and women, the work of God is being carried out to this day. 

While the term "Christian" means many things to many people, we hold to a simple meaning, of being followers of Jesus Christ.  Through his Spirit and through Scripture, we seek to encounter Christ as friend, teacher, guide, healer, and savior. Different traditions are found among us, but we unite in our common quest to experience the grace of God as he reaches out to us with the love of Jesus Christ, his Son.

Historically, doctrine has often been used to divide or consume Christians, leading to separation and strife. Yet certain core Christian beliefs have survived for centuries, uniting various branches and denominations of the Christian faith. We affirm those core beliefs summarized in the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.

The House is an interdenominational ministry affiliated with and supported by the
Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). 
  

Living the Gospel Story in Seattle

Brian and Betsy Turnbull

Missionaries in Seattle


 

 

The Turnbulls are missionaries in Northeast Seattle.  Their work involves an intentional immersion into the tapestry of their community where they find natural ways to connect and gather with people.  Paying attention to the work of the Spirit in people’s lives leads to deeper spiritual conversations and eventually openness to the truth of Jesus.  Brian and Betsy work to develop and multiply this model of ministry through Leadership Coaching, Spiritual Direction, and Missional Communities. The Gospel is spread through significant spiritual conversations, small gatherings of people, and a keen awareness to the work of Jesus in their community. This ministry of mission and discipleship is called, The House.

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