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House Church

If you had no history or exposure to the church at all other than reading the New Testament, what would you expect to see if someone invited you to a gathering of a church?  

We’ve thought about this question a lot.  Based on the more than fifty “one another” commands in the New Testament, we would expect to see a lot of love among Christians when they gather.    We’d picture people living like a true family inside and outside of the gathering.  We’d expect to see a lot of smiling, a lot of hugging, a lot of crying together, a lot of meals shared, and a lot of life connection throughout the week. We wouldn’t picture a huge auditorium or rows or a stage or everyone being quiet while just a few people lead.  We’re not saying it’s wrong to do this. But the question is:  do our structures undermine or contribute towards God’s commands in Scripture, especially the ones that are emphasized and repeated?

And if there are more than 50 “one another” commands that call us to radical, intimate, deep love for each other, why would the thing we call “church” be something where we don’t interact with or know each other?  

Acts 2:46 LSB And daily devoting themselves with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart

1 Corinthians 16:19 LSB The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

In order to help us truly love each other, we’ve committed to having churches of 10-20 people meeting in a home.  

-We’ve seen that once we get to 30 or 50 or 100 people in a church it becomes increasingly more difficult to live like a family, truly know each other, carry each other’s burdens, and build each other up.  

-Many churches will do this in the form of a community group, which is great. But far too often people view a Sunday morning big gathering as the primary context of church, and the community group as optional.  For us, we want to everyone to opt into sharing life, and therefore the primary context of church for them is a spiritual family of 10-20 people.          

Another reason we meet in homes is because of the financial implications.  Far too often, reliance on buildings means a big budget increase in order to have church growth.  

-By meeting in homes and having no church building, we have the option to scale exponentially without increasing our budget by much.  We also set ourselves up for using our financial resources more strategically for local and global missions.

Acts 5:42 LSB And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

As in Acts 2:42-47, House Church will be the epicenter of: 

– teaching and discipleship

– encouragement, friendship and accountability

– meeting each other’s needs, prayer for one another

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