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Title: House Church Movements


1
House Church Movements
  • A Review Part 1

2
What Is Under Review?
  • Christians meeting in a home is not under review.
    The practice of Christians meeting in a home is
    as old as the NT and often expedient today.
  • Christians desiring to be more spiritually minded
    in their service to God, more active in their
    participation, and closer in fellowship with one
    another is not under review. The NT teaches that
    we all must be spiritually-minded (Rom. 121-2,
    etc.), active in our participation (Heb. 1228
    1315 etc.), and close in fellowship (1 John
    13 etc.).

3
What Is Under Review?
  • What is under review is the practice of some
    Christians today who make meeting in a home
    essential to true and proper Christianity.
    These Christians attempt to get away from
    institutional church by meeting in homes. They
    believe that this is the way to really worship
    God today.
  • What is under review is the mind-set of some
    Christians who believe that small, informal, and
    casual meetings in a home produce more
    spirituality and fellowship, than meetings in a
    church building.

4
House Church Formations
  • First arose among the denominations in the 1980s
    in opposition to organized, institutional
    religion and traditional churches
  • There was a desire for change in organizational
    structure more than doctrinal changes
  • The religious pendulum swung away from the
    mega-church structure (thousands of members) to
    the house church structure (12 members or less)

5
House Church Formations
  • In January 2011, Barna Research, found that about
    11.5 million American adults, say they attend a
    house church or simple church, which is not
    associated in any way with a local,
    congregational type of church, at least weekly or
    monthly. That number is up from 8.8 million
    adults in 2006.

6
House Church Advocates
  • Advocates among the denominations include
  • House Church Central (www.hccentral.com)
  • San Francisco Bay Area House Church
    (www.freewebs.com/sfbayhousechurch)
  • House Church Network (www.housechurch.org)

7
House Church Advocates
  • Advocates among the brethren include
  • Alvin Jennings (How Christianity Grows in the
    City, 1985)
  • F. LaGard Smith (Radical Restoration, 2001)
  • Other advocates include members of
    non-institutional churches, such as the near-by
    Church at Bowling Green house churches in
    Houston, Tampa, Nashville, etc.

8
House Church AdvocatesBooks by denominational
authors
9
House Church AdvocatesBooks by brethren
10
House Church Assumptions
  • Assumption House church means a local church
    that meets in a house. Fact The phrase can mean
    the church itself, or the church meeting place
    ( the church that is in their house -
    Rom. 165 1 Cor. 1619 Col. 415 Philemon
    2).
  • Assumption Meeting in a house was normative in
    the NT. Fact Local churches in the NT met in
    different locations, including public meeting
    places (Acts 512 207 etc.).

11
House Church Assumptions
  • Assumption Small, informal, and casual groups
    are more spiritual and closer in fellowship.
    Fact Spirituality is not determined by outward
    size, structure, or dress of the group, but
    rather by the inward, mental attitude and heart
    of the individual Christian in relationship to
    Gods word (Rom. 121 1 Cor. 213
    Col. 19).

12
House Church Assumptions
  • www.hccentral.com
  • Why the House Church?
  • Here are just a few of the reasons
  • Historical. The house church is the biblical
    church. All of the churches in the New Testament
    era were small assemblies that met in homes.

13
House Church Assumptions
  • Any space where an assembly was permitted was a
    possible site for Christian gatherings
    (Early Christians Speak, Everett Ferguson, p.
    76)
  • If pressed on the issue (which, so far, Ive
    managed to side step), I dont know that Im
    prepared to say unequivocally that the house
    church was a divinely-intended arrangement. Not
    in the sense, at least, that it plainly violates
    Gods will if we meet, instead, in purpose-built
    houses of worship. (Radical Restoration, F.
    LaGard Smith, p. 166)

14
House Church Characteristics
  • Remove church of Christ (or other identifying
    names) from the sign (Rom. 1616)
  • Small (Acts 241-42 44 514 61 note the
    large assembly of saints in Jerusalem flourished)
  • Informal, casual, sit in a circle (? Jas. 21-4
    ?)
  • Emphasis on social or relational practices, not
    doctrinal preaching and teaching (Acts 242
    207 1 Cor. 1426)

15
House Church Characteristics
  • Favor mutual ministry over a located preacher
    (Acts 1811 2031 Eph. 411 1 Tim. 13)
  • No standing treasury (1 Cor. 161-2)
  • Offering a fellowship meal (common meal) in
    connection with the Lords supper or sometime
    during the assembly (Lk. 2220 Acts 242,46
    1 Cor. 1120-34 note that the assembly of
    saints at Corinth was not in a home)

16
House Church Characteristics
  • 1 Corinthians 1120--34
  • 20 When therefore ye assemble yourselves
    together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's
    supper 21 for in your eating each one taketh
    before other his own supper and one is hungry,
    and another is drunken. 22 What, have ye not
    houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the
    church of God, and put them to shame that have
    not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you?
    In this I praise you not. 23 For I received of
    the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,
    that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was
    betrayed took bread 24 and when he had given
    thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body,
    which is for you this do in remembrance of me.
    25 In like manner also the cup, after supper,
    saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood
    this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance
    of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and
    drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord's death till
    he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the
    bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy
    manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood
    of the Lord. 28 But let a man prove himself, and
    so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the
    cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth
    and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern
    not the body. 30 For this cause many among you
    are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31 But
    if we discerned ourselves, we should not be
    judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are
    chastened of the Lord, that we may not be
    condemned with the world. 33 Wherefore, my
    brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one
    for another. 34 If any man is hungry, let him eat
    at home that your coming together be not unto
    judgment. And the rest will I set in order
    whensoever I come.

17
House Church Characteristics
  • Assembly (come together)
  • Eat the Lords supper
  • Bread and cup
  • In remembrance, proclaim the Lords death
  • Houses at home
  • His own supper
  • Supper meal items
  • Hungry, eat at home

Two Separate Things
18
House Church Characteristics
  • 1 Corinthians 1120--34
  • 20 When therefore ye assemble yourselves
    together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's
    supper 21 for in your eating each one taketh
    before other his own supper and one is hungry,
    and another is drunken. 22 What, have ye not
    houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the
    church of God, and put them to shame that have
    not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you?
    In this I praise you not. 23 For I received of
    the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,
    that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was
    betrayed took bread 24 and when he had given
    thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body,
    which is for you this do in remembrance of me.
    25 In like manner also the cup, after supper,
    saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood
    this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance
    of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and
    drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord's death till
    he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the
    bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy
    manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood
    of the Lord. 28 But let a man prove himself, and
    so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the
    cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth
    and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern
    not the body. 30 For this cause many among you
    are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31 But
    if we discerned ourselves, we should not be
    judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are
    chastened of the Lord, that we may not be
    condemned with the world. 33 Wherefore, my
    brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one
    for another. 34 If any man is hungry, let him eat
    at home that your coming together be not unto
    judgment. And the rest will I set in order
    whensoever I come.

19
House Church Characteristics
  • One set of elders in a city over many house
    churches (Acts 1423 Acts 2028 Phil. 11
    Tit. 15 1 Pet. 52)
  • Informal, spontaneous worship and mutual
    participation (including the expanded role of
    women), not structure (1 Cor. 1426, 27, 29, 30,
    34, 40)
  • Hand clapping, lifting up and swaying hands,
    drama and role-playing, etc. (Col. 317)
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