donna8365: I also said home churches can and do work.And yes we are suppose to be led by the HS but He will not force himself upon us either. We have to let Him in and take control.If self is in the way(pride,haughtiness and every other evil) the HS will not and cannot dwell there. This is all I am saying.
---Robyn on 5/16/08|
Why do you think we need pastors and other leaders in the church? Everything needs an overseer/leader/head.In a home church there needs to be structure.
Some participants are rebellious and wounded people who have problems with authority. We have to have all these issues in check and resolved,also.If not,there is bound to be chaos. We cannot run from problems, we have to face them.This is a lot of what happens in home churches.
---Robyn on 5/16/08|
I've never been to any Christian meeting that the Holy Spirit WASN'T at. The Word says that "whereever 2 or more are gathered together, there I will be also". If God gave me His gift of holy spirit when I became born again, then where ever I am, the holy spirit is there too.
---Cindi on 5/15/08|
robyn said, Everything needs a head or a leader.
robyn - I thought Jesus said, "When He comes, He will LEAD you and guide you into all truth." Aren't we "lead" by the Holy Spirit? Like I said, this is for spiritually mature Christians who know how to let the Holy Spirit take over a meeting. It's awesome when HE leads the meeting. Hasn't anyone been in a meeting where the HS shows up and does mighty things in the midst of people?
---donna8365 on 5/15/08|
We have participated & have had home churches ourselves.What we do is go through a good christian church already started and order their free weelly tapes of the sermons from the previous week and play them for our family or whom else is attending then go from there with the lesson.
---candice on 5/14/08|
I was part of a "home church" group for over 20 years. It was fabulous. When things got too big (lots of people) we would split the group and have 2 home churches. That's how the first century church grew. We did not have a 'denomination' to follow, we taught according to the needs of the people. In a small group you actually KNOW the people and what's going on in their lives. I go to a building now. The people are great, the fellowship is sweet, but it's not quite as personal.
---Cindi on 5/14/08|
First, we need to understand exactly what "church" means. Many believe church refers to the building where people gather to worship, that would be a temple or synagogue or even hall. The church is the assembly of believers who are gathered not the building where they meet. There should be some form of leadership, though no matter where people meet.
---tommy3007 on 5/12/08|
Yesterday I heard a church leader make this statement. If we do not keep up the physical appearance of this church. It proves to the passerbys that we do not love the Lord! Notice the building, and not the great commission, is the goal in this Church leaders mind. From what he has said, I know this man hears our church program every Sunday morning I also know that he does not agree with our views.
---Mima on 5/12/08|
In the States, home churches are generally for start-up congregations with under 20 members. Once the membership gets too big to comfortably be held in a home, they generally move to a storefront or pay time-shares in another church until they have the funds to buy/build their own.
However, it is very common for small groups that are part of a larger church to meet at members' homes for prayer meetings, Bible studies, and general Christian fellowship.
---Nancy on 5/11/08|
Donna8365:Everything needs a head or a leader.This is why the US and other free countries have leaders. Leaders are right and necessary. The bible tells us without vision the people perish in the book of Proverbs.I speak from experience.A home bible study I was in deteriated quickly due to ego's and haughty spirits within the participants.Everyone wanted to be the topdog.But home churches can work also.
---robyn on 5/10/08|
Sorry for more than one post but this is a loaded question with much to be said about it.
Sometimes in a church home one person wants to be the unofficial boss. This brings trouble.Even persons with a timid spirit should be encouraged to participate. Usually they are overlooked.Someone hogs the conversation etc,,Many problems abounds in these type settings. We cannot just go off on our own and do as we please. We really have to seek the Lord on this and be sure we are in line with Word of God.
---Robyn on 5/10/08|
Home churches are acceptable and are biblical. But many dangers are associated with them. There has to be a mature leader/group in all things. Arguments and attitudes have to be guarded against. Doctrines and teachings need to be biblical. The bible has to be the main authority. Sometimes home church services can deteriate into nothing more than social gatherings, with very little fellowship,teaching,preaching and so forth.
---Robyn on 5/9/08|
Sorry but i would have to Disagree W/anyone who would disagree W/this.
The New Christians in China and Elsewhere Have NO Church(Buliding) to go to.
Are they not saved?
After 70ad when Titus Destroyed the Temple,ALL believers Jew & Gentile went underground to worship, Peoples homes, Jesus even tought at peoples Homes.
I guess some people don't believe, that Their THE Church, as Jesus & others told you?
WE are the Spiritual Stones that make up "The Church"
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/9/08|
Mima's right on home churches. The first church largely met in their homes. There's really no need to build mega churches with
mega mortgages. Meet in your homes and use your tithe individually or corporately to help someone locally. There is plenty of need right around you.
---Tom on 5/9/08|
How do these statements,
1."A home church needs to be associated with a denomination"
2. "As a whole it's a good idea, but it must be done under correct suppervision."
---wivv on 5/8/08
Agree with this from Philippians 2:12,"work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
It is impossible for men to direct the Holy Spirit of God!!!
The correct supervision and denomination we are looking for is that of the Holy Spirit not maN!!!
---Mima on 5/9/08|
-wivv--don't you think if Spirit filled people are going to home churches, the Holy Spirit in them will lead and guide them into all truth as Jesus said He would? Sid Roth's demonstration of a home church does not involve one Pastor speaking. Everyone shares what the Lord is saying to them, and it's lined up with what the Word says. Of course this type of church is meant for spiritually mature folks. I understand babes in Christ have to be taught by others until they learn to be taught by the Holy Spirit.
---donna8365 on 5/9/08|
I just want to make the point that when Sid Roth showed how the Jewish people were having home church, there wasn't one person leading the meeting. ALL of the people participated. It began with prayer and then whoever wanted to read or share scripture did, then someone else shared something else, then they all prayed, all took communion. In other words, there wasn't a Pastor leading the group -that's why I was asking how would that work out. Your thoughts?
---donna8365 on 5/9/08|
I am sorry but I do not aggre with church's at peoples homes..
Church should be in church's only so sorry but I can't aggre with it..
---stephanie on 5/9/08|
It's funny you should ask this.
I was just talking to a guy the other day about the lord & he said he goes to his pastors house for church & he was just saying alot of the things we happened to be just talking about &
He invited me to come their.
I think I'm going to go & see whats going on.
the guy was speaking the truth, so thats a good start.
After i go I'll let you know.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/8/08|
A home church needs to be associated with a denomination. This is so they have a uniform presentation of the Bible. Normally, the home church will be presented with a scripted message or at least a detailed guideline. You have a numer of daners, the group could go off on a tangent and stray from what the Bible presents, or false information could be given, or you might have a case of, "the blind leading the blind." As a whole it's a good idea, but it must be done under correct suppervision.
---wivv on 5/8/08|
It works out very well. We are on the very edge of the decline of the "organized church" as we have known it. Home churches or something very much like it will be the wave of the future. Pastoral abuse of both finances and doctrine have driven many many people away from the church. Small gatherings are more personal and in China. They are very, very important, as they would be anywhere persecution is taking place.
---Mima on 5/8/08|
I attended a home church for many years (until I moved to another state). Our pastor was very solid and caring so I enjoyed participating. We were much like family and held brotherly love as a top priority. I feel that home churches are a means to fellowship in the way that Christ intended. I would caution though that if the leader has control issues, he/she could become somewhat intrusive in your life. We never had that problem and I grew allot.
---jody on 5/8/08|