Local House Churches
– Why we focus on House Churches –
House Churches are Biblical! (Click to Read More)
This emphasis on house churches in no way belittles the value that there is in the occasional, larger gathering of believers. Paul did, in fact, make mention of certain times “when the whole church” of Corinth would “gather in one place” (1Corinthians 14:23). Acts also mentions the church at Jerusalem gathering in the larger space of the temple (Acts 2:46), howbeit primarily for the evangelistic opportunity, being that many unbelieving Jews congregated at the temple. All in all, it’s encouraged to gather in a larger space with greater numbers from time to time. However, in Acts and according to the New Testament, real discipleship, real pastoring, and real fellowship take place in each other’s homes (or in groups small enough to facilitate biblical, personal discipleship). I must also remind you that the temple accomodated larger gatherings only until it was destroyed in AD 70. Part of the reason why it’s so important to be rooted in house churches is so that we have continuing fellowship established even when persecution inevitably robs us of the religious privileges that have allowed us designated places of worship — buildings. Persecution is coming to America, and we won’t be ready unless we get really good at making disicples from house to house (Acts 5:42).