Many years ago one of our former leaders and dear friend Ryan Jones had a vision of homes around our city being lit on fire for Jesus and called it Housefires. Through the years since then, Rock City has received many prophetic words concerning the need and importance of having small groups throughout our community. Since we love the presence of God so deeply and truly understand the importance of “the Holy Spirit and Fire” mentioned in Matthew 3:11, the name “Housefires” aptly describes the desire of our heart to see deep relationships built in homes by His presence and refined by His fire.
Our heart for Housefires is to satisfy the desperate need for intentionality in relationships on a more intimate and personal level. People will come to Rock City for the experiences, but stay for the relationships. We realize that without lasting deep and meaningful relationships, the true family unit of a local church cannot be sustainable in the long term. This is especially true as the church grows and the need for stronger community comes into play.
The Father is looking for a family – Psalm 68:5-6. This is the heartbeat of Rock City and the direct purpose of small groups: Teaching and learning what real family looks like. Housefires will be an intimate place where we find authenticity, vulnerability, healing, and freedom to truly be ourselves. By not forsaking the gathering and encouraging one another, we are being intentional within our spiritual transformation journey.
Central to life in the Kingdom of God is eating and drinking with others as family. Housefires will provide a place for people to connect with others as well as reflect and go deeper in understanding the purposeful messages brought each Sunday. Through healthy questions, conversations, prayer, and true communion, we are confident the foundations of our life and church community will be built strong upon the Rock of Christ to withstand all the storms of life that beat against our homes.
We were never meant to walk through life alone; hence the purpose of the Body of Christ. Everyone has a part to play and something to give, especially you. We know it can seem risky to step into a more intimate group of people and to build new relationships; however, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Step into a Housefires small group and watch what God does in your life.