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Church In Smaller Groups

Should Church be conducted in commercial buildings or smaller groups in private homes?

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 ---John_Adams on 12/9/08
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If you attend a weekly denominational "church," you are just another face in the crowd. It is written that we meet daily because living a Chrisitan life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a weekly sermon of superficial platitudes. A small home "church" is a small group of two to six people living an intimate relationship with "one another" and "each other" like you do with God. This small group is the foundation of a Chrisitan life. It keeps everyone on the same path toweards the Kingdom of God.

But, alas, love has finally left the planet Earth.
---Steveng on 12/15/08

It's what you make it, how you take it, just don't YOU fake it (o:

A home group can become an incrowd. In a large congregation, one really good minister can be heard by many. And people tend to gravitate to the same seats where they can mix with ones they get to know. And ones well Spirit-led can be drawn throughout the congregation to find ones they can reach. It can be a BIG fishing hole, then. Nothing wrong with a big lake for fishing. Nothing wrong with a small pond. Fishermen aren't picky, saying the ocean is too big, what with its B - I - G fishies (o: And natural bonding in any location can result in small home get-togethers. Pray and obey. Certain large churches make a point of getting newcomers into small groups.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/15/08

Church should hold their church services in a church building if there is one available. If having church in one's home, there is too much distraction and a person can't hold their attention on what is being preached. You can have bible studies at one's home like once a month but not every service. Commercial buildings can be turned into a church, it would take some work though.
---Rebecca_D on 12/12/08

---John Adam:****Small groups offer much closer fellowship and much greater accountability.***

John, Small groups don't automatically mean 'closer fellowship'!!!! A larger group give us a better variety of individuals that we're able to come into 'ONE ACCORD' with as we share & help one another in the Lord.

...and Here's a Joke, to help you remember that seeking others for your accountability is not the accountability of spirit & truth needed to worship the Lord our God.

{{to not offend anyone, I'll use a blank in the place of the repective religion}}

How do you keep a ______ acccountable to not drinking on a fishing trip? You'll have to send along another ______ with them!!!!!
---Shawn_M.T. on 12/12/08

John Adams: Did you know the phrase "Goodbye" originated from "God bye," which is derived from "God be with you."? If anyone at the large church you attended at any time said goodbye to you, then in a very real sense they were saying "God bless you". :)

I too have a problem with some mega churches, not because they're big, but because their ministerial focus seems to be primarily on expanding the size of their congregations. It's as if they believe the more people they have on their church roles equals church growth. Pride! Saved & unsaved people can easily join with a church congregation. Ironically, one can join a congregation, never become born again, die & go to hell. Very sad!
---Leon on 12/12/08

---John Adams:

'Accountability to God' is in the message of Christ in John 4:20-24. Jesus answers the question of the woman at the well, imforming her that all that is require when worshipping God is that we do it in 'spirit & truth'.

Our personal part, despite the number of people around us in our spiritual walk, is to develope a personal relationship with the Lord.

It doesn't matter WHERE or HOW MANY(if anyone are around us). What matters is that we worship in spirit & truth.

John, Our accountability is found in our convicted heart to do the Will of the Father, in spirit & truth, dispite all hardships. Putting our trust in man for our accountability, is not accountability unto the Lord but unto man.
---Shawn_M.T. on 12/12/08

This blog has nothing to do with location. This is about if church should be conducted in large(commercial) or small groups.(residential) They're are many great differences.
One I'll touch on is accountability. It easy to go to a large church and not be accountable for our lives as christians. I went to a large church many times and did not even have on person say "God bless you"

Small groups offer much closer fellowship and much greater accountability.

Christ is always with us, but what about our part. Our walk with him.

I believe this is why the first century church was so effective and I also believe that the commercialization of the church today is one of our greatest obstacles
---john_adams on 12/11/08

Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) John Adams: It's not an issue of location, but rather one of abiding relationship between fellow Christians & the Lord.
---Leon on 12/11/08

Satan is the father of confusion. He has confused Christians beliving that they must be part of a denominational church having their own traditions, ways of living and interpretations of the Bible. Christians bicker among each other saying, "My church is better." They even bicker among the same denomination.

If you want to set your Christian foundation on a rock, a "home church" (that doesn't belong to a denomination) is the way toward staying on the path to the Kingdom of God. Do an online search of the benefits of a "home church." Many Christians know that we should love each other, but don't know HOW so do an online bible search for "one another" and "each other" to find out HOW.
---Steveng on 12/10/08

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---john_adams on 12/10/08

Both have been successful. Both also have there shortcomings. A small group meeting in the home is many times lead by an unqualified person as a teacher. Plus, they are limited in what they can do as far as outreach ministries. A church that has it's own buiding has many advantages, such as our church for example: it helps supports many missionaries, housed a number of families during Katrina, has serveral disaster vehicles and volunteer personal to man them, has a fully equiped medical clinic, helps support a food bank in this area with volunteers from the church, etc. The main downside to a church building is not to go into debt. Most churches I've been associated with sell bonds to church members to support any debt.
---wivv on 12/10/08

There is no instruction in Scritpture but it is reasonable to believe that smaller groups are far more personal and capable of meeting peoples needs. it's almost imposible to personally minister to every need in a large group and these people leave the meeting with the same need as they had when they came. I favor small meetings but that's just my personal opinion.
---john on 12/10/08

I believe both can be appropriate. However, more and more of the commercial churches are in massive amounts of debt and finacial gain and resource has become top priority. Have you ever heard your pastor say "church is a business and runned like one" or something to that effect? Curch is not a business and should never be runned like one. I also believe fellowship has taken a back seat. In a large commercial setting people are less open to share themselves.
Commercial churches need to take their focus off of tithing, gift shops, books and cd's and put it back on reaching the lost.
---john_adams on 12/10/08

All:Every thing comes with a label,BUYER BEWAREor in this case READER BEWARE.God came to spread His gospel HIS WAYin HIS word Matt16.:13-19. God shall not be decieved by the implantation of Man made Replicas.Its HIS WAY or no way.This is how it has been from Genesis.
---MIC on 12/10/08

Matthew 18:20 - "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." It doesn't matter, Fellowship together and worship God with praise and thanksgiving.
---TIMOTHY on 12/10/08

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

The place and/or amount of worshippers (the Body of Christ) that gather is of no importance. What is of importance is that when we do worship the Lord our God, we worship in spirit & truth (John 4:20-24).
---Shawn_M.T. on 12/10/08

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I do not believe that it is an either or choice. I believe that both can be appropriate. My church meets on Sundays for a large worship service, and Sunday School. We then also offer small groups that meet during the week.

Neither is solely right or solely wrong.
---Trish9863 on 12/9/08

Yes and Yes....
---Pharisee on 12/9/08

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