We celebrate the freedom we have in Christ and long to see increasing measures of freedom in our worship gatherings and freedom in the use of spiritual gifts to edify the body (where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!). That said, we also acknowledge that God is a God of order. If someone has a word of prophecy to share (particularly if the person is fairly new to the church), it is important to share it with the pastor or one of the leaders before speaking it publicly.
We acknowledge that the believers in Acts devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayers, giving generously, and ministering to the Lord in worship, and all of these things are emphasized to a greater or lesser degree in our gatherings.
We have also been impressed recently by the fact that the Early Church in the book of Acts met for public gatherings that often centered on one person teaching, but also met in homes where they broke bread, shared with one another, cared for one another, prayed together, and used their spiritual gifts to build one another up. Our conviction is that these house gatherings were not just add-ons, but were an integral part of the life of the church and were key to its multiplication. Because of this conviction, Vernon House of Faith does not only meet on Sunday mornings, but we are also beginning to meet in homes and are seeking the Lord further for what this is supposed to look like as we move forward.