Why House Church?
The early New Testament churches gathered in homes where people lived out the community modeled and taught by Jesus. For example, House Churches are mentioned in Paul’s letters:
“Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.” — Colossians 4:15
“Greet Priscilla & Aquilla, my co-workers in Christ Jesus… Greet also the church that meets at their house.” — Romans 16:3-5
“… to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home.” — Philemon 1:2
The Goal of House Church:
The goal of House Church is to pursue the community the early followers of Christ experienced in Acts 2:42-47:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
What Happens at House Church?
At House Church, you will (1) share a meal or some snacks, (2) discuss the scripture and sermon from that previous Sunday, and (3) pray for one another. Occasionally groups will also worship or go out to serve the community together.
House Churches are cross-generational. All ages, both male and female.
House Churches are open groups. Anyone can come and you are encouraged to invite your friends and neighbors.
Children are welcome in House Churches. Kids are welcome in every group. However, parents with kids around similar ages often go to the same group so their kids can play or have their own study while the adults meet. Just ask if you want to know which would be best for you.