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Should Christians leave the established church and just start small house churches?

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Well Catherine. He certainly was not at our bible study. That was obvious.
---Robyn on 5/16/07

Well Robyn, I have to ask, where was God?
---catherine on 5/16/07

I have never belonged to a house church but have belonged to a supposedly home bible study/prayer meeting. It was one of the worse gatherings I have ever, been involved with. No leader, so to speak. Dealing with very unloving, ungodly behavior. Disorderly conduct, no cooperation from each other. All type interpretations of the scriptures. Anger, resentment. Just a holy ,roly mess. Needless to say. The group disbanded with hard feelings and resolves never to do this again. Amen.
---Robyn on 5/16/07

I will just be glad when Jesus return and set all this foolishness in order. Maybe, we will all be at peace, finally. This is my bottom line.
---Robyn on 5/16/07

Well, as long as preachers as a whole thinks that they are God's gift to the ministry on Sunday mornings and noone is allowed to exercise their spiritual gifts, Then I say get OUT and start your OWN.
---catherine on 5/16/07

Tricky question as it threatens educated pastors to think of that sort of change just as it threatened the church in the days of Jesus. I do not know the answer but I do know that there is much false teaching in many church establishments and much selfish gain as motive among many pastors these days. There are also sincere and correct churches and pastors. I guess if one feels led to go into a home church, it is a good thing especially if they find theirselves in a church of false teaching.
---jody on 5/16/07

Absolutely. If all you can find close to your own home is unsaved preachers you better know you had better go to church in your own HOME. Whether it is only you and God or you, God, and one mow.
---catherine on 5/16/07

Why not? Did he not say that where two or three are gathered in his name, he would be in the midst?
---daniel on 5/16/07

Most, and I didn't say all of the house churches I know are run by and attended by people who had a problem with their local church or leadership and didn't get things worked out but want to do it their way. I'm not at all impressed with this. They keep having the same problems in their house meetings, not getting along with eachother resulting in splitting and starting a new house church in their house. Surely this is not how it was in Acts.
---john on 5/15/07

If people would be prayed for and blessed by their current church to start a new one and be helped by thier church to do it then I would say go for it. But have you ever seen that happen? Someome usually gets angry and finds a few others who agree with them and off they run to start a new church. This is the typical sad scene that is repeated far to often.
---john on 5/15/07

the small house church is the chuch. Jesus says, "where" 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them. Matthew 18:20. If I was given a choice between a large church where the preacher was dead, and a small house church where the meeting was full of Christian love and on fire with the Holy Ghost and revival, then I would most certainly choose the small lively church over the large dead one. BTW, if I had a house I would turn it into the best church in all the world.
---Eloy on 5/15/07

In China and India, Christians meet in homes so not to get noticed by the government who will surely prosecute them. America will soon be in the same situation.

Growing a home church is easy if you don't think big. A dozen people is all that is needed. After a year or two together, a person will leave to form his or her own home church. The founder of the first church will make sure the second church stays together by regular visits. Learn the way of the Apostles. Grow your church like a grapevine.
---Steveng on 5/15/07

I know pastors who are quite offended by the trend. Some are doing this while maintaining regular church membership. Doesn't last long before they're on to you.
---jhonny on 5/15/07

Acts 20:20 tells us Paul preached publicly and from house to house, i.e.large and small meetings. The Apostles taught at the temple daily and the new converts ate with one another, again public and private meetings. You never find scripture condeming city wide or lesser meetings.
---Steve on 5/15/07

emg...the prophets of old didnt have college training lol and we believe their teachings..E G White certainly did not either and has written some beautiful things about Jesus...we dont need college training when God calls .. if we let ourselves be led by His Holy Spirit, we sure will preach as He directs us to
---jana on 5/30/06

"but when it starts to grow say 100 people, it is hard to get them all to fit in a small living room" Herb what size houses do you live in over there? My church when full holds less than 100. I cannot visualise a house with a living room the size of my church. Home churches in U.K. are usually around a dozen people. Anything above that and they consider starting another.
---emg on 5/30/06

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I didn't say there were anything wrong with a house church, but when it starts to grow say 100 people, it is hard to get them all to fit in a small living room. House church is great for starting a church or having bible study in but at some point they should move out into a biger building.

People are the church not the building.
---Rev_Herb on 5/24/06

T.S. I agree with you. There are non-college trained pastors who are definitely called by God and there are also many college trained pastors who I believe are not called by God.
---emg on 5/24/06

Candice- did YOU see anywhere in my statement where I mentioned being college educated? Did anybody else see where I implied that? MY OWN Pastor is not college educated, but he is called by God and was divinely appointed to the CHURCH he pastors, not because he got mad at his former church because he couldnt have things his way, so he decided to move on and start his own thing either.
---T.S. on 5/23/06

Herb--Churches met in houses for CENTURIES between NT times and Constantine.

Were they any less churches for that reason?
---Jack on 5/23/06

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Rev. Herb, There's nothing wrong with a house church.
---Thomas on 5/23/06

PT 2:
Anyhow, the disciples unlike the pharasees did not go to schools like the higher educated did,but Jesus still chose them to lead his flock, so not ever Elder/Pastor needs a college education to have a home church or to pastor at a church, as long as God picked them to be a vessel the n that is all they need. We see if the homechurches work by the fruits they bear.
---CANDICE on 5/23/06

PT 1;
I agree that people need a Pastor & the Pastor needs to help the flock (members) however we are not to decide whom is qualified to be Pastors & whom is not. I know of a nice family whom the husband is a wonderful Pastor, & different people come to their house & get fed spiritually. He does not have nor need degrees from colleges.
---Candice on 5/23/06

Sheep don't feed sheep, Pastor feeds sheep. Sheep are suspose to reproduce. So if you expect the pastor to do all the knocking on doors and not you, then you are a dead sheep, not reproducing.

House church is ok in a community to get a church started, but should move out and get organized as a church asap.
---Rev_Herb on 5/23/06

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