Building Bridges Ministries
The Sheep Shed is a place for all believers. All are welcome regardless of creed, class or color. We’re family. And families fellowship around relationships. A family does not break up because of differences. Because of disagreements.
We believe all who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are our brothers and sisters. We believe scripture teaches unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3), not conformity of convictions.
A word about our model of ministry. The early church met in two places: 1) small gatherings (in homes), and 2) large gatherings at Solomon’s Porch on the steps of the temple (Acts 5:11). They met in homes for the purpose of ministering to one another (body ministry) and unto Him for praise and worship.
They met at Solomon’s Porch in large gatherings for the purpose of receiving instruction and teaching. Oftentimes Paul, for instance, would be traveling through, giving updates.
Small gatherings are for praise and worship and body ministry. Large groups are for receiving instruction and teaching. We follow the early church’s model of ministry. We meet at The Sheep Shed for large gatherings, for teaching and instruction, located on the S.W. corner of the Independence square at 201 W. Lexington and we meet in homes for personal ministry, edification and worship.
For more information, contact Muriel Luedeman: 816-726-8425
Old Chrisman Sawyer Bank Building
It’s a home gathering for Book of Mormon believers that’s scheduled for the third Friday of every month from now on in Independence. Hope to see you there. Lynn Ridenhour
Here’s a bit about us and the purpose of our KOINONIA GATHERINGS…
“Practicing Our Fellowship”
Every Third Friday of the Month – 7 pm
2901 Collin Street, Independence, MO
For more information,
Contact Lynn: 816-349-9062
Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.
OUR MINISTRY MODEL
“Their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit and by the power of the Holy Ghost. For as the power of the Holy Ghost led them—whether to preach, or exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing—Even so it was done.” (Mormon 6:9)
To practice moving in the Holy Spirit. Each individual has the freedom to be led by the Spirit in our gatherings. Some may spontaneously sing in English. Some may sing in another language. Others may feel led to give a word of knowledge, a tongue, an interpretation, or pray for the sick. Some may have an exhortation. Others may perform miracles. Some teach or pray. Spiritual gifts are free to flow and manifest through individual believers as they are led. Freedom of expression is encouraged throughout the evening’s gathering.
Koinonia Gatherings provide a laboratory for experimentation. We’re family. You’re safe. This is the place to practice. This is the place to get it wrong. And at times get it right. It’s okay to “Miss God” (not that we want to, mind you). To step out and take a risk. We’re brothers and sisters—you’re loved and each of us should feel safe. Safe enough to learn, make mistakes and grow together. As said, this is the time and place to “practice.” Practice your hearing God. Practice miracles. Practice moving in the Spirit together as a group. The gatherings are to be fun, inspirational, godly, somber at times, light-hearted, and in a very real sense—helpful in better learning the ways of the Spirit.
One other matter—the problem with control and letting go. In the traditional worship service, leadership and presiding elders typically take guarded measures in not letting things during the service get out of control. The problem in not letting things get out of control is the tendency to control. Grieving the Spirit is brought about by character flaw. Quenching the Spirit is brought about by tendency to control. Both tendencies should be avoided.
We believe Jesus has more power to keep us from being deceived than the devil does to deceive us. We believe—too often the saints have more faith in the devil to deceive us than they do in Jesus keeping us from deception. That’s unbelief. Our Lord was emphatic about the matter: “If a son asks for bread,” he said, “ from any father among you, will he give him a stone? [no]...how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” (Lu.11:11-13)
It’s settled. If we earnestly and honestly seek and ask for the Holy Spirit, we will not be given another spirit. God is faithful to keep His word. There’s no question—we receive what we ask for.
We enthusiastically support the local church and encourage all saints to support their church and pastor. It is not our intent to start a movement. Certainly not another group. We seek no followers but strongly encourage unity among restoration saints of all groups.
QUESTIONS: CALL LYNN, 816-349-9062
A Typical Worship Service of the Early Saints
"This winter was spent in translating the Scriptures, in the school of the prophets, and sitting in conferences. I had many glorious seasons of refreshings. The gifts which follow them that believe and obey the gospel, as tokens that the Lord is ever the same in his dealings with the humble lovers and followers of truth, began to be poured out among us, as in ancient days; for as we, viz., Joseph Smith, Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, Newel K. Whitney, Hyrum Smith, Zebedee Coltrin, Joseph Smith, Sen., Samuel H. Smith, John Murdock, Lyman Johnson, Orson Hyde, Ezra Thayer, high priests; and Levi Hancock, and William Smith, elders, were assembled in conference, on the twenty-second day of January, I spoke to the conference in another tongue, and was followed in the same gift by Brother Zebedee Coltrin, and he by Brother William Smith, after which the Lord poured out his Spirit in a miraculous manner until all the elders spoke in tongues, and several members, both male and female. Great and glorious were the divine manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Praises were sung to God and the Lamb; speaking and praying, all in tongues, occupied the conference, until a late hour at night, so rejoiced were we at the return of these long absent blessings.
"On the twenty-third, we again assembled in conference; when, after much speaking, singing, praying and praising God, all in tongues, we proceeded to the washing of feet, (according to the practice recorded in the thirteenth chapter of John's Gospel,) as commanded of the Lord. Each elder washed his own feet first, after which I girded myself with a towel, and washed the feet of them all, wiping them with the towel with which I was girded." (Joseph Smith) RLDS Church History, Vol.1:277-78