Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: ... Likewise greet the church that is in their house. ... (Romans 16:3, 5)
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
Church Home Groups are an ideal place for us to come together for fellowship. Within these smaller gatherings, we can focus on personal prayer needs as well as for those around the world. This is something we can't normally do when we're attending a large traditional church on Sunday. For it can be hard to fellowship and get our prayer needs met when things are running on a schedule time limit. Also, home groups can be a tool to help breakdown denominational barriers by bringing in your neighbors who may attend a different church. And if there are any unbelievers living around you, it could be a good way to expose them to the simple basics of what a church is all about. For even our Savior Jesus met and preached in homes at times. (Luke 10:38-42, Matthew 9:10-13 and more...)
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Encouraging one another in our walk with the Lord helps us to learn and to grow in him. Small Home Church Groups are an ideal place for this to happen because it takes us out of the impersonal and brings us into the personal. Within these smaller groups, we can have group interactions by asking questions as we read and study the Bible together. This is so true. And just think, no denominational walls, no church overhead to pay for, and no large staff that's relying on money from parishioners. It's church in the simplest and purest form.
Getting Back to Basics
Now please don't get me wrong, I'm in no way encouraging anyone to uproot their family and leave their current church. For there are traditional churches that have small group gatherings during the week as well. On the other hand, breaking away from a traditional church and attending only a "house church" is being practiced here in the states as well as around the world. And for some (and I also agree), this is the ideal thing to do. And let's remember that the early church did not meet in traditional church buildings like ours today, but in people homes. And even today in America as well as in its past, larger churches have emerged that started in peoples homes. We see this to be true for the 1904 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angelis as well as the Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley California to name a few (for more info on the Simi Valley church and how it started in the home of Francis Chan and his wife Lisa, see this website: http://wearechurch.com/history/ )
To watch the video on the Azusa Street Revival go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr8f2pIyrFw
Or you can purchase the DVD at Christianbooks.com or Walmart as well.
See more info for House Churches at: https://youtu.be/SEeLR1D_Qaw
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD FUNDAMENTAL BASICS FOR A HOME GROUP
HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO PRAY FOR:
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER TO:
All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version unless noted otherwise