Category Archives: House Churches

A Progeny of a Theological & Missiological Union: House Churches (Part 2)

There is another theological reason for the birthing of the house church. New Testament Christians thought of God as their “Father” and of each other as brothers and sisters in the family of God. Elliott observes: In this kingdom/household, God … Continue reading

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A Progeny of A Theological and Missiological Union: House Churches (Part 1)

“If you asked, “Where is the church?” in any important city of the ancient world where Christianity had penetrated in the first century, you would have been directed to a group of worshipping people gathered in a house church. There … Continue reading

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Can My Church Plant a Church?

Paul Krentz, the Mission and Ministry Facilitator of the Texas District LCMS, asks this question and provides an answer in the recent edition (June 15, 2014) of the Mission Moments from the Center for United States Missions. Based on his experience … Continue reading

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Pray for the People of China

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“Go!” is One Year Old Today!

“Go!” was birthed one year ago today!  During the past 365 days “Go!” has presented mission theology from a variety of denominational perspectives; highlighted websites dedicated to evangelism resources and training; featured congregations and individuals involved in “Going!” in North … Continue reading

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The House Church: A Hospitable Family

An extremely important and distinctive attribute of the house church was hospitality(Jeffers 1991, 127-130; Elliott 1991, 104).  The household of God constituted an all-embracing household.  It offered incorporation into a family, a place for permanent belonging, a supportive circle of … Continue reading

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Catechesis, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper: Essential to the Development of House Church Communities

A study of the Lukan writings reveals the household of God to be a place of mercy, faith, and filial obedience (Neyrey 1991, 227-229).  But also of great significance to the integration of new converts into God’s family was the … Continue reading

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A God Too Big for a Temple

The tearing of the temple curtain had signified that temple worship, as practiced by the Jewish nation, had been consummated with the death of Jesus Christ (Matt. 27:51).  The writer to the Hebrews elaborated on this reality in chapters 9 … Continue reading

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Believer’s Homes: A Missional Outpost and Worship Centre

Initially, Jewish Christians worshipped in homes, in the temple, and synagogue (Acts 2:46-47; 3:1; 5:12, 21).  As the Holy Spirit added converts to the household of God it became increasingly difficult for all the believers in the city to meet … Continue reading

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The Social Structure of the Early Christian House Church

According to the traditional view, the Christian Church was primarily made up of the poor and oppressed class, although by A.D. 230 many congregations counted among their members, civil servants and courtiers (Krautheimer 1965, 2-3). Celsus, a pagan and opponent … Continue reading

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