Yes, home churches are biblical. A believer needs fellowship with other believers and God does love group worship and prayer. No matter whether a church is in a public building or private home, believers are responsible to seek God through His Word and prayer to make sure that they are sound in the faith. We must check everything out to see if it lines up with what the Bible teaches as there are many false teachers out there. False doctrine and doctrine of demons can be found in home churches too. I like the idea of small home groups, however and would like to find one. Don't know of any in my area.
---jody on 2/22/10|
Steven G, again you are blaming churches for the problems but it is sin in the world Steven. Sin no matter where you go, what company you work in, what place you worship whether small or big. It has been that way from Adam Steven. It is not the pastors the teachers the churches, but sin. Sure we watch out for false teachers, what church to go to who to even listen to, because of sin. Everyone fails even you Steven. Blaming the churches as I said before is like blaming the Jews all through history for killing Jesus, that is what the RCC did. But Jesus died on the Cross because of sin. Universal sin.
---MarkV. on 2/22/10|
There were so many present on the day of pentacost, it could not have been in a home. It was a public meeting.
---Fay on 2/21/10|
Of course small home churches are biblical.
Where did Christ teach, Where did the 12 teach,where did Paul teach. You can find false teachings in small churches. The
same as you find in large churches where they pass buckets for their offerings.
---michael_e on 2/18/10|
The only archaeological evidence of church buildings in the first century were in homes.
---AG on 1/28/10|
StrongAxe, MarkV, many home churches lose their way. The epistles (letters) from the apostles shows how home churches have gone astray. Even the seven letters to the seven churches have also wandered from the true gospel. The best advise is to just DO the two commandments spoken by Jesus and you can't go wrong. Christians tend to wander from the truth when they get caught up in conspiracies, debates that can't be won, the age of the earth, the end times, dinosaurs, etc. etc.
Many christians today know that they must love, but don't know how. Scripture has many great examples. A good beginning is to do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag"
---Steveng on 1/22/10|
Note that I said "some". I was acknowledging the validity of an earlier comment, but also pointing out that it is NOT a problem with home churches in particular, but with all churches in general. Some home churches are accountable, some are not. Some independent churches are accountable, some are not. Some denominational churches are accountable, some are not. Some megachurches are accountable, some are not.
---StrongAxe on 1/22/10|
Steven G, that is where I believe you are wrong. You said they are guided by the word of God, but all those pastors who teach falsely also say they are guided by the word of God. What it comes down to is how they interpret Scripture. Most false teachers start from small home groups. A good example is Charles T. Russell, born of Presbyterian parents, yet by the age of 17 he became by his own admission a "skeptic." in 1870 organized a Bible class of six members. He continued to meet with a these people until he came across the writings of Ellen White, after that he joined with Adventist N.H. Barbour, and so come the Jehovah Witnessess. So no one is exempt from failure even in a small group.
---MarkV. on 1/22/10|
StrongAxe: "While it is true that some people may attend small independent home churches in order to believe whatever they please and avoid accountability,..."
Home church christians don't believe whatever they want. The bible, the world of God, is their guide.
Christians are more accountable when few in number. These small group are intimate with one another's lives on a daily basis. God wants to have an intimate relationship with his people as his people should be with one another. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag".
In a megachurch, you are just another face in the crowd with money.
---Steveng on 1/21/10|
While it is true that some people may attend small independent home churches in order to believe whatever they please and avoid accountability, it is also true that some join larger independent churches, or even huge independent megachurches run by (little 'c') charismatic preachers for the same reasons. It's not so much a matter of the size of the church, as how much the ears itch.
2 Timothy 4:3
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears"
---StrongAxe on 1/21/10|
\\ There is no real spiritual growth in these "churches."
Which shows what you know.
---Cluny on 1/20/10|
Considering that some of the churches in the New Testament were, themselves, home churches, the answer to this question should be "of course they are". However, large denominational megachurches is a different matter entirely, since the Bible has no examples of these...
---StrongAxe on 1/19/10|
Living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches." Denominational "churches" are detrimental to the maturing christian. Denominational "churches" are a creation of Satan himself. There is no real spiritual growth in these "churches."
Experience real christian growth by doing an online KJV bibles search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" and by doing what you learned daily.
---Steveng on 1/19/10|
So are persecution, martyrdom, women dying in childbirth, having no air conditioners where you worship, and not having a Bible to start with.
So if you want one, why not the others?
---Cluny on 1/18/10|
Yes! Read the following carefully:
Rom16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
Ro16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Ro16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
---trey on 11/30/09|
alan, my response was to this statement by Bill, " And once they start to get you hooked on being treated with such enthusiasm and zealousness - - if you start to hesitate to go along with something they want, they can hold all that nice treatment "hostage", in order to make you meet their demands."
It may not be what Bill intended, however, my point was, people are greeted and embraced until the people/person questions or inquires about some the "churches" teachings or proceedures.
Usually, once an institutional church finds out they have a thinking, seeking, individually fearing God person on their hands, that person is not so welcomed.
Similar to a used car salesman situation.
---Rod4Him on 11/30/09|
Yes, for where two or three are gathered together in his name, there he is in the middle of them.
---Eloy on 11/30/09|
"greet people enthusiastically at the door"
That's being exclusive?
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/30/09|
Bill, I read your last post first and thought you were describing an institutional church. Most institutional churches greet people enthusiastically at the door and are very exclusive.
I agree with what I understood your basic premise that an isolated home church could be a cult.
A key charactistic, I would say, a home church should have is an universal church attitude, not an exclusive attitude.
I see that exclusive attitude more prevalent in established/institutional churches.
---Rod4Him on 11/30/09|
Yes if you are being led by the Spirit, living by the Spirit of God, and abiding in Him, and in His Truth which is His Word.
In the book of Acts they went from house to house breaking bread and praying.
However, if someone is out of line with God and doesn't realize it and holds meetings at their house, they could be spreading a false doctrine.
I had a friend who shot false accusations at me and blamed God for every bad thing that happened to her - she asked me to have a bible study at my house. I declined many times. I wouldn't allow such a person in my house, would you? So one must be careful who they invite - the apostacy is taking place as we speak.
---Donna on 11/30/09|
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It All started here, Mark 16 v 16 - Acts 2 v's 37-41 which Fulfills Matt 28 v's 19-20 Apostle Peter delivered to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost then it carried on. Acts 2 v 46 & 5 v 42. From God, Apostle Paul took this Very Same Salvation Message & brought it to us gentiles.
---Lawrence on 11/30/09|
In the early times of Church people gathered in homes to worship.
Small Churches are more interative, and with more fellowship as a single group, Also the pastor has more time to minister to the people.
A Church should grow, but lest not forget that a Church is the people not a fancy big building
---Sissy3396 on 11/30/09|
"They zealously court you, but for no good, yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them." (Galatians 4:19) A cult group might treat you like you're so great, instead of encouraging us to humble ourselves under God's mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6-7). But they do this in order to get you to suppose they are so great. And once they start to get you hooked on being treated with such enthusiasm and zealousness - - if you start to hesitate to go along with something they want, they can hold all that nice treatment "hostage", in order to make you meet their demands . . . "psychological terrorism", I call this. And this can happen with ones getting married, also. God's love has us loving everyone.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/30/09|
Bill, the only way you will know is if you visit the home church. Hear what they teach, and make your judgment then. It is wrong to say they are, are they are not without first knowing what they teach. If the home churches are under guideness of a big church, they will follow the teachings of the Church. If they are just home churches without any guideness from anyone, then it would be best to hear what they have to say first before making a judgment call.
---MarkV. on 11/30/09|
If a home church is Biblical, yes. But if it is a cult thing, no. "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) And we Christians are "members of one another," Paul says in Romans 12:5. So, we in home churches need to share with others who are not in our own groups. Those house churches Paul mentions were very involved with Paul and ones with Paul who were not members of those house churches but did have God's authority in relating with these house churches. So, I would expect God would provide higher leadership that is involved with a Biblical home church.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/29/09|
Yes, cluny, autogenic churches are very Biblibcal with Jesus Christ as the Head.
Is there One Mediator between YHWH and man, or is it an institution between YHWH and man?
Acts 20:20, "teaching publicly and from house to house."
Romans 16:5, "greet the church that is in their house."
I Corin. 16:19,"with the church that is in their house."
Colossians 4:15, "the church that is in their house."
Philemon 2, "to the church in your house."
Yes, small home churches are very Biblical.
---Rod4Him on 11/29/09|
Mima ... In you ministry, you have your own traditions, your own formalities.
One is bribe people to listen to you by offering them a chance to win a motor vehicle.
Gambling is a rather graceless way of bringing people to God
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/29/09|
Small home churches are not structured enough for those who depend upon ritualistic and static services.
The ritualistic and static service churches are those who follow a set pattern, most of whom also believe strongly in sacraments.
Theirs is a stiff, formal, law keeping and really graceless church.
---mima on 11/29/09|
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New testament churches were people who met in a home.
Another question is, are institutional churches Biblical?
---Rod4Him on 11/29/09|
Home Churches ARE Biblical. All throughout the N.T. (Acts to Revelation) this is the kind of churches the Apostles started. They fellowshiped and worshiped in people's homes.
---Leslie on 11/29/09|
The real question is are autgenic independent congregations Biblical?
---Cluny on 11/29/09|
"...if two of you will agree on earth with respect to any thing that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:19-20
---Leon on 11/28/09|
"Are 'small home churches' Biblical?" Yes. As in a gathering together of His body of believers
As Jesus Himself said, "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Mat 18:20
"For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her [His church] a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her." Zec 2:5
And there shall come a day when "the 'tabernacle of God' [Jesus The Christ] [will be] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God Himself [In the full glory of His essence] shall be with[in] them, [and be] their God." Rev 21:3
---josef on 11/29/09|