House Church Formation – Part 3 – Why House Churches?
It Is The Biblical Model For Church Meetings
Romans 16:5, NIV – (5) Greet also the church that meets at their house.
1 Corinthians 16:19, NIV – (19) … Aquila and Priscilla … the church that meets at their house.
Colossians 4:15, NIV – (15) … Nympha and the church in her house.
Throughout the New Testament, we see churches meeting in houses. Other than in Jerusalem (and only for the first year), we see no examples of Christians meeting in the temple, or in synagogues.
It Is The Most Cost Effective Way To Meet As The Church
The cost of construction for an average church building in North America for 100 people is approximately $ 500,000 or more, not including land costs.
The cost of meeting in a home is minimal. Not every city will have a church building, but every city already has homes.
It is The Most Effective Way To Reach Non-Christians
Many people are willing to come into a friend’s home, but are cautious about coming into an institutional building filled with strangers.
House churches can be started in any home, in any neighbourhood, in any country, in any political climate.
Right now, the countries with the fastest growth of Christianity are all countries where Christianity is illegal, and so people must meet secretly in homes. (See Map 1 – “The Top 20 Countries Where Christianity Is Growing The Fastest” and Table 1 – Comparison of Christian Average Annual Growth Rates).
It Is The Best Way To Express The Relational Nature Of The Kingdom
1 Corinthians 14:26, NIV – (26) What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
This verse just can’t be obeyed in a church of over 20 people. If each person only shared for 3 minutes, in a church of 100 people, it would take 300 minutes or 5 hours to obey this scripture. However, in a home of 12 to 18 people, everyone has a chance to share something to bless others in a reasonable amount of time.
It Is The Best Way To Disciple People
Mark 3:14, NIV – (14) He [Jesus] appointed twelve — designating them apostles — that they might be with Him …
The best way to disciple people is face to face relationships where ministry is taught, modeled, observed and practiced on the spot. Jesus took twelve unlearned men, taught them, modeled for them, observed them as they practiced, and then encouraged them.