My husband and I (and our children when at home) have attended a fellowship that meets in a home for many years and we have been very blessed in Christ.
The Lord's word is: "Where two or three are gathered together, there I AM in the midst of them." Remember that Christ being all and in all is the only thing that is important to God in our gathering together. The size of the group is unimportant, whether big or small.
---Dorenda on 10/9/08|
According to Acts 2:44-47 house churches are Biblical, "and they had all things common." In the New Testament church is the translation of the Greek word "ecclesia", which literally means "assembly" or "called out". It means: Christs house, holy of holies, Christian house of prayer, place of Christ worship, holy sanctuary. The Church is Christs body made up of many members with Christ being our head: we are all one family and Christ Jesus being our perfect Papa whom we whole-heartedly worship and serve.
---Eloy on 9/14/08|
john: "We assemble the way the first Christians did too and we go to a separate large building because we can't find a house big enough."
If you grow over seven, then you are too big. Every person in your group should be ready to form their own house church (actually, I don't lide the term "house church" because it's a building. Church is actually the Christians and the churches in the Bible are the location of a small body of Christians)
Small groups are ideal for Christians. They mature a lot faster and they stay on the same road to the Kingdom of God unlike your corporate churches (denominational).
There will be a time during the tribulation that home churches are necessary.
---Steveng on 9/12/08|
The house church I went to had nothing to do with Latter Day Saints (LDS) but they are doing as the apostles did by meeting in homes, besides buildings themselves, & yes it is biblical because whether be in a church, a hall, a house, or outdoors like with Jesus, it is said "Where two or more are gathered God is there"
---canda3996 on 9/12/08|
A church is not the building where services are held, but rather the people are the church and wherever two or more are gathered in His name......
---teetee on 4/24/07|
I have went to many churches in the home and none of them had anything to do with LDS
and I enjoyed each of them also..mary4964
---mary4964 on 4/21/07|
This is what I found. "The house church movement is an attempt to get away from the institutional church, seeking instead to return to the small gatherings of peoples that constituted all of the churches of the New Testament era."
---wes on 4/20/07|
I don't wish to pick on gays but when the day comes that preaching against homosexuality becomes a hate crime and gay bashing home churches will probably be what the Lord uses when his followers are cast out of the lovey-dovey gay accepting churches. That is just an example and it's probably coming. Another example is the supercenters that cast out those who disagree with the modern trend of heresy. They will need a place to worship like those the Jews sought to kill.
---Heather on 6/24/06|
"Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, and now is, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet in Jerusalem, worship the Father... the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth..." -John 4:21,23.
Worship is Biblical and house churches are Biblical. We don't need a monument to worship at.
---Jim on 1/14/06|
lynn. We assemble the way the first Christians did too and we go to a separate large building because we can't find a house big enough. Paul had elders ordained in all the churches so there would be delegated, approved, accountable leadership. This is something that is missing in a lot of house curches today because many house churches are composed of people who are in disagreement with leadership. I'm not saying yours is.
---john on 1/14/06|
My home is a "house church". We have no corporate papers, so no government connection. We assemble as the First Churches with Jesus did. The Holy Spirit brings people..Bring your Bible and come.
---Lynn on 1/14/06|
I would imagine that the earliest churches were very similar to today's house churches. 'The church' is the group of people who truly worship God the creator and accept His Son as Saviour. We do not have to enter a building called a church to do that. These days it is traditionally in such a building where we meet with fellow believers but we are still 'the church' wherever we do it. e.g. It could be in the middle of a field.
---M.P. on 1/14/06|
There has always been people who meet in houses and outside and in big buildings etc. The place that we meet is not important. The Bible doesn't say that house churches are the best or not or that big buildings are the answer. I have never known a house church that was associated with the L.D.S.
---john on 1/13/06|
It is basically a small group of believers who meet in one of the member's home because they have not grown enough to afford a church of their own. This type of gathering is not limited to a particular denomination
---Pierre on 1/13/06|