HOUSE CHURCHES (by Bryan Martin)
Posted: December 30, 2010
There is probably a lot being said about house church in the US. I did not grow up going to a house church, but I think I came close to being in one when we had our college group Bible study. The community we experienced there was second to none, and the growth in Christ we experienced there was never equaled anywhere else. House church is not church in a house. We model
the house churches we are planting around Acts 2:40‐47. After completing a 16 week evangelistic Bible study, most people accept Christ. We then study the Acts passage with the group so that the Bible study will transform into a house church, putting into practice the same things that the first believers were practicing in the book of Acts. We take the essence of what the early church practiced and allow the people here to contextualize it to their own culture. When everything comes together, experiencing house church is like no other church experienceóthe community, the concern for one another, the sharing of lives, the learning and growing in Godís Word, and the desire to reach out to others with the Gospel. It is a place where you can clearly see God at work. It is the Body of Christ, alive and dynamic, and reaching out to others.