Articles and Weekly Thoughts

What about the 5-fold in house church?

Sometimes people will ask this not stopping to think through the question before they ask: Remember that the context of every New Testament letter from Matthew to the Revelation is the home. These letters were sent to people sitting in living rooms all over the Roman Empire. The auditorium style 'church' that we see today didn't come about for some 300 years. That means that all the teaching about the 5-fold within the context of the read more...

R U 2 religious 2?

Too religious Paul, in Athens standing upon Mars Hill, looking uphill towards the gleaming Parthenon and downhill towards dozens of altars and temples to every god the Greeks had, said this: You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too religious." (Acts 17:22) Paul made his comments to the leaders of Athens after observing that those residents wanted to "have all their bases covered", which is an American baseball expression  meaning they wanted in read more...

Disruption in Worship

Hi ____, Thanks for writing - the lady who walks in late is wrong, and is in fact moved by a wrong spirit. I've seen this many times, (if coming in late isn't just a matter of disorganization in their lives) people with demonic or emotional or turmoil in their private lives are often influenced this way - they come in late on purpose (whether the spirit makes them do that or some emotional issue that opens read more...

Garden path or a formula?

Path or formula I've been thinking about how the Lord planted a garden and then put man in it, and only gave him 1 rule. One. Uno. Un. Eins. Live in the garden, eat of any of hundreds or thousands of trees and bushes and plants, just not that one. The Lord did NOT create a bunch of formulas by which Adam might walk with the Lord in the garden. Nope. Just walk and talk with me as you go through read more...

Baptisms

Hi all, especially to our brethren in Eastern Europe - greetings in the Lord Jesus! I hope the study below will give you peace. First some scripture and then some teaching.

Hebrews 6:1-2 tells us of the foundational doctrines of our faith:

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go onto maturity; not laying again the foundation of: Repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and read more...

Paul’s Guidelines for Meeting in a Home

In "I Corinthians 14:26-33", remember they are meeting in Gaius Justus' house, a Roman convert to Judaism and then Christianity. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue is mentioned as joining them along with many Jewish converts, and Corinth is a Greek city with many Greek converts. All 3 cultures are meeting together under one roof as Paul writes his first letter to the Corinthians. Also remember that historically, Jewish women in the synagogues were seated read more...

House Churches in the New Testament

The first house church is actually the Garden of Eden, where you have Adam, Eve, and the Lord (where 2-3 are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them).

Genesis 18:17-19 the Lord reveals His plans to Abraham based on the quality of his family (home) spiritual life, showing us as in the Garden of Eden, revelation from the Lord flows first and best in the home: "Shall I hide from Abraham read more...

The Way We Do Church

Hi all,
As I've thought on simplifying my faith down to applying the most central of commands; love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself; it's left me with the question; is the way we do church a direct outgrowth of those commands, and is the traditional format even related to Jesus' commands?

I was reading last Friday's Wall Street Journal (6/8/07) article on Bill read more...

Essential House Church Truths, Part 3

House Church Culture
Today I'll share about the 'culture', the 'mind set' of house church especially geared towards those thinking about house church - I think this will help define differences for you. If you're in house church, my hope is that it will further define some of those intangibles that make house church, house church.

I'll make some generalized statements about traditional church structure for the purpose of comparison and making a point, and read more...

Essential House Church Truths, Part 2

What to do about...?

Sooner or later questions will arise about a person who dominates conversation or those who don't have basic social courtesies in house church. Paul faced this too, for human nature has not changed.

The (home based) churches at Corinth were a diverse group. Acts 18:1-8 tells us of the founding of the church there, which began in Justus Gaius' house, a Roman who lived next door to the synagogue. Joining him were Crispus, read more...