The Discipleship House was completed in early March 2014 in Independence, Ky! It was built by Mr. Greg Bridges and Celestial Building Corp and is being funded by Dr. Tim Finley. The house is capable of housing the Gilbert family and up to 4 other residents at any given time.
The purpose of the physical "DHouse" is multifaceted. First, students living within the house will be discipled and trained in ministry on a much more intensive, personal, and ongoing fashion. Any residents will be expected to abide by a list of Biblical Expectations found below. A second purpose of the DHouse is to help residents save money for missions, ministry, and schooling as they grow in the knowledge, understanding, and work of the Lord. Students will only be expected to assist in food costs while they stay. The DHouse also provides the ministry with a larger meeting place for studies, worship, and meetings than was possible at the Gilberts' previous home. One further use of the home, as space is available, is to host small groups for retreats, etc. Youth pastors and small group leaders may contact the Gilberts for more information.
Discipleship House - Biblical Expectations
“What determines our brotherhood is what that man is by reason of Christ. Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us. This is true not merely at the beginning, as though in the course of time something else were to be added to our community; it remains so for all the future and to all eternity. I have community with others and I shall continue to have it only through Jesus Christ. The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us. We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we do have one another, wholly, for eternity.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Household Discipleship Expectations
Let each esteem others better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3)
When someone needs correction, we correct him in love. (Galatians 6:1)
When we have something nice to share, we share it. (Galatians 6:6)
Neglect not to do good and be sure to sacrifice for others. (Hebrews 13:16)
When people need alone time, we grant it. (Matthew 6:6)
Be willing to accept advice from others. (Proverbs 13:10)
Household Spiritual Expectations
We love, honor, and pray for one another. (1 John 3:16)
We set aside time to support one another. (Philippians 2:4)
Equip yourself daily with the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Household Purity Expectations
When feeling tempted, draw nearer unto God. (James 4:7-8)
Remember that your body is for honor and sanctification of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
Household Care Expectations
We take good care and are good stewards of everything God has given us. (Proverbs 21:20)
We are content in knowing God will provide for our needs. (Philippians 4:19)
We do not create unnecessary work for others. (Colossians 3:23-25)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.