House church – The vision

The vision, create a network of « church » of house in Belgium and international.

I was asked a question: « You have the vision of the house churches, but this verse is shown to me in Hebrews 10:25 or the apostle Paul says, » Let us not abandon our assembly, as is the custom of some -uns; but let us exhort each other, especially when you see the day approaching.  »

What exactly is an assembly? Jesus gives the answer:
Matthew 18:20 « For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst.  »

Where 2 or 3 are assembled in my Name says the Lord. Paul, Pierre and others sometimes preached in front of 2 or 3 people. Example at Priscilla and Aquila (1 Corinthians 16:19, Romans 16: 3-5)
The assembly of Colossians was meeting in the house of Philemon (Philemon 2) and again and again.
What exactly is an assembly? 100, 500, 1,000, 10,000?

A wealth of information: There were many house churches from the time of the early Christians.
I hear that a house church can not be without church ??? Oh what do you mean?
I do not understand too well, explain to me … ..

Yes it is true, indeed all souls who join a meeting even of 2 or 3 people belongs in addition to its assemblies to the Church, body of Christ. The Church is his body (Ephesians 1:23), benefiting from his constant action. As Ephesians 5:23 says, Christ is the Savior of His body, of which we are members (Ephesians 5,30). In several passages of the Bible, we will sometimes see the word « churches » and the word « Church ». Why this difference.
Yes, if a house church is not attached to the Church, she lives without Christ, her body. The foundation of all churches must be Jesus. It must be built on the Rock, Jesus.

Every church, so many, if there are 100, 500 or 1000 members, there was a beginning. They started perhaps in small groups of 2 or 3, then a little more. They experienced discouragement sometimes but they held up, they persevered.
« For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst. Says Jesus (Matthew 18:20)
We are not against big churches, glory to God if there is any. The common goal must be souls that have yet to be saved. It is good sometimes and I encourage it to be visited between assembly.

In 2013, shortly after the healing of the depression that I had during 7 years, the Lord showed me in vision that I was in France with my wife. From Belgium, we often went to France
We were going to testify and we came to praise the Lord in houses my wife and me. Then the Lord shows me, « Return to the values of the early church »
For me it meant opening our houses, I had this revelation. Small groups in our neighborhoods were forming. Thus were added souls in the first century. And these little groups could meet one day a month for a big celebration where we praised the Lord and shared the Word of God together. Everything was centered on a single common goal: The Mashiah Yeshua.

Indeed, in France, there is an awakening in this area. An incredible number of house churches exist. This alarms pastors who see their churches almost deserted. Even though we have a large church, keep the vision open in our neighborhoods and train leaders for each home. The first Christians met in the houses. Paul, Peter and others even shared the Word in front of 2 or 3 people. They broke bread (Acts 2:46).

But I will be told, yes, but it is written, « They were diligent in the temple. » What does this word mean and what does the word « temple » exactly mean?
We will see the deep meaning coming from the Greek. « Temple » in Greek, we read it « Hieron ». What is the definition of « Hieron »?
« The term temple of Jerusalem included the whole of its hold, with its set of buildings, balconies, vestibules, chambers, the court of the men of Israel, the court of women, and that of the priests; it is also the sacred edifice proper, made up of the « sanctuary » or « holy place », where only the priests could enter, and the « Holy of Holies » or « very holy place » where the high priest could enter once per year, the day of atonement. There were also courts where Jesus or the Apostles spoke or met their opponents, these places being considered « in the temple, » then the courts of the temple, the Gentiles, from which Jesus drove the merchants and money changers. « (Online Bible Source » Teach-me.com « )
We read: « set of buildings, balconies, vestibules, rooms, »

Jesus came to bring a sacred reform in this generation. Jesus, speaking to the Samaritan woman, had announced that the hour had come when true worshipers would worship the Father neither on a « mountain of Galilee » nor in Jerusalem (John 4: 20-24).

There would no longer be a special place dedicated to worship. Worship, prayer, worship, could be offered to God « in every place » (I Timothy 2: 8).
In fact, in the New Testament, we always see assemblies meeting in private homes, which emerges from the following texts:

JERUSALEM …
The first disciples were gathered together in an « upper room » (Acts 1: 13-15 and 2: 1-2).
The breaking of bread (the Lord’s Supper) was done in private homes (Acts 2:42 and 46).
We see an assembly gathered for prayer in a particular house, the house of Mary, mother of John nicknamed Mark, « where many were assembled and prayed » (Acts 12:12).

A PHILIPPES (in Macedonia) …
When Lydia, the purple merchant, believed in the Lord Jesus and was baptized, she immediately opened her house to the servants of God and the fledgling congregation (Acts 16:14 and 40).

In TROAS (Asia Minor) …
The assembly was gathered in an upper room on the third floor. She was gathered on the first day of the week (Sunday) to break bread (Acts 20: 7).

In Rome …
There was an assembly in the house of Prisca and Aquila (Romans 16: 3-5).
Other groups of believers were to gather together according to Romans 16: 14-15.

A CORINTHE ...
It seems that the whole assembly was welcomed into the house of Gaius, who also gave hospitality to the Apostle Paul himself (Romans 16:23).

At EPHESE …
We see an assembly gathered in the house of Aquila and Priscilla, this sympathetic Christian couple having left Rome to settle at Ephesus (I Corinthians 16:19).

A LAODICÉE …
There was an assembly in the house of Nymphas (Colossians 4:15).

COLOSSES …
An assembly was meeting in the house of Philemon (Philemon 2).

According to these various texts, we see the Christians of the early Church coming together for worship, adoration, sacrament, and prayer in private homes. They had no « place of worship » apart and consecrated.

The house church is more suitable for the formation of true disciple.

WHAT FOUNDATION?

« But if you have in your heart a bitter zeal and a spirit of contention, do not boast and lie against the truth. For where there is a bitter zeal and a spirit of contention, there is disorder and all kinds of evil deeds. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, moderate, conciliatory, full of mercy and good fruits, free from duplicity and hypocrisy. The fruit of justice is sown in peace by those who seek peace. James 3: 14-18

There is a lot of house church in this end time. Some were founded with some people frustrated and lacking in forgiveness. They are bitter when they hear the word « church ». Any foundation based on this zeal is doomed to failure and if they grow, they will reproduce to others what they have done. A spirit of contention, disorder and bad deeds will be the daily life of this house. Let us be at peace as much as possible with all the Apostle Paul recommends us: « If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18

The bitter zeal in the heart of Saul of Tarsus drove him to persecute the Church of Jesus. He recognizes Himself in Acts 22: 3-4

If you ever have the vision of starting a church, if it is based on that bitter zeal, that you want everyone to have the wrong done to you, it is doomed to fail.
We are at 4 or 5 sometimes, some may say: « It does not grow, evidence that God is not with them », but a proverb says: « Better a piece of dry bread, with peace, than a house full of meats, with quarrels. (Proverbs 17: 1)

Bitter: imagine the taste of a glass of salt water that you are ready to drink.
On what foundation is our house church? On this bitter zeal, a house built on the sand or on the Rock?

Those who have built on a solid foundation resist, but those who have built on the unsound as on the sand is blown away by the slightest wind and storm. It is written in Matthew 7: 24-27 « Therefore, whoever hears these words that I say and puts them into practice, will be like a prudent man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the torrents came, the winds blew and threw themselves against this house: it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock. But whoever hears these words that I say, and does not put them into practice, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the torrents came, the winds blew and beat this house: it fell, and its ruin was great. »Veillons

Let’s take a closer look at the house churches

House church – Our concept

We have the moments of praise, worship and prayer.
Sharing the Lord’s Supper and sharing the message. Everyone and useful and participates.

We encourage:
Acts 13:15 « And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Men and brethren, if you have any exhortation to say to the people, speak.  »

The first Christians, built, strengthened and exhorted each other, praised God mutually. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 « Wherefore, exhort one another, and edify one another, as in reality ye do. (See Acts 2: 42-47)

There were wonders and miracles

There were wonders, miracles and this in simplicity. People put in front more than another, they had everything in common, they broke the bread in the houses. Today brothers and sisters, we are rather listening yes, we are in a state of enormous laziness and ignorant for the most part. We are in a lethargy, a deep sleep. We listen but do not learn anymore. I have seen that boredom leads to many quarrels and jealousy.

I encourage our group to look for and share what they learn. This waits for the people. This is only possible in a house group. Even 5 or 10 minutes of sharing, the goal is to seek the Word to put into practice what they learn.

I encourage each member to look for intimate moments with God. These intimate times where God speaks to you through his Word when you pray, meditate or praise the Lord, you learn to know him.

Let’s be actors, not spectators

You know, boredom, quarrels, jealousy, animosity and I forget it destroy us. Too busy on our egos, we do not learn anymore. We listen that our personal ambitions, we listen only our own will. One sees only one’s own interest above all, rival one against the other. Instead of lying, the people should build. What example do we give?
All are not teachers and do not have the ability if not in their gifts, but Paul urges us to aspire to the best gifts. 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31
« Draw on the best gifts. And I will still show you a way par excellence.  »

There was no elite among early Christians as we see it today. Obviously, the Bible urges us to give up some practice, let’s see the verses: 2 Timothy 2: 23-25
« Repel foolish and useless discussions, knowing that they give rise to quarrels. But a servant of the Lord must not have quarrels; he must, on the contrary, be condescending for all, be fit to teach, endowed with patience; he must straighten adversaries gently, in the hope that God will give them repentance to come to the knowledge of the truth, …  »

I want you to be clean before all, to forget and give up your quarrels, without looking back, YES NO LATER !!!

To build up, to exhort oneself and to strengthen oneself mutually, will make us advance and grow. Yes, we believe in various gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and we encourage everyone to strive for the best gifts that are useful to the body and not to be glorified Himself.
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The house church: Our vision

There should be more open houses, ready to host prayer meetings, worship services, Bible studies. We meet each other during the week and on Sundays we all gather for the celebration. We have the vision to create a home church network or one to two times a year we will gather.

This requires, of course, that there be people who are faithful, humble, willing to fraternal communion with other groups, willing to welcome other ministries. I encourage single brothers and sisters to hold meetings in their homes, even if they only have two or three people. The Lord has promised His presence and the important thing is to be gathered in His Name, around Him. This is primarily « a house church », even though it does not officially bear the title.

1 – Places where the Lord preached and gathered

1.1 – Before the resurrection

During his visit here, the Lord addressed the disciples or the crowds who followed him, while he was in very different places, sometimes on the mountain, or near the sea, or in a basket (Matt 5: 1, 13: 1, Luke 5: 3); he has taught in synagogues or in houses, in that of Martha, and in that of Simon the Pharisee, in still others (Matt 9:35, 12: 9, 8:14, Luke 10:38, 7: 36). He does not appear to have ever done so in a special gathering place until the day he « desired » to eat with his disciples one last Passover (Luke 22: 7-15). According to the text of Matthew, we are justified in thinking that it is not with a stranger but in a friendly house that the Lord wanted to find himself for this: « Go to the city with such, and say The master said: My time is near; I will make the passover at home with my disciples « (Matt 26:18). This man, well known to the Lord, although his name is not given, has had the inestimable privilege of receiving in his house – « at your house » – the Lord and his disciples; it was in his house that the last Passover was celebrated and the memorial that the Lord wanted to leave us for the time of his absence. What a favor he was thus granted!

1.2 – After the resurrection

After his resurrection, the Lord, fulfilling the prophetic word of Psalm 22 (v.22), came in the midst of his gathered ones. The Word does not tell us in which house the two gatherings took place, eight days apart (John 20:19, 26). Perhaps in the same room where the Lord had gathered his disciples for the last Passover; there is nothing, however, to affirm it; but it was in any case in a friendly house where the disciples did not have to fear any manifestation of hatred on the part of the Jews. In order to be preserved, they kept the doors closed, the fact is signaled on the occasion of each of the two gatherings. It is separate from the world, separated from the religious world – the Jews were then the religious people, very attached to the forms of the law, respectful of its rules and traditions, slave of the letter – that in all time, the faithful are called to gather. This gathering, in tranquility and separation at the same time, is marked with different characters. First, the presence of the Lord effective and realized: « Jesus came and stood in the midst of them »; then, the peace that flows from such a presence: « And he said to them, Peace be to you! »; then, the testimony of the sufferings endured for us on the cross: « And having said this, he showed them his hands and his side »; finally, the joy that fills hearts: « So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord ». Above all, let’s savor the reality of the Lord’s presence in the gathering of ourselves and never lose sight of who if we have the privilege of coming together as an expression of the assembly, it took suffering and the death of Christ. May this thought penetrate us deeply each time we come to the meeting place and throughout the meeting! By faith, let us contemplate « his hands and his side ». On the other hand, when gathered around the Lord we do not taste peace or joy, it is because there is in the assembly, or perhaps, and more probably, in ourselves, something that must to be judged and settled before the Lord. If the assembly is in order, if there is nothing in us that can be an obstacle to the blessing, we will experience that there is always peace and joy in the gathering of the two or three around the Lord.

2 – Acts 1

Acts 1 presents to us the assembled disciples again: « And being gathered together with them, he commanded them… And they, being assembled, asked him … » (v. 4, 6). Let us note here two other characteristics of the gathering: all authority belongs to the Lord and to Him alone; on the other hand, he likes to teach and teach his own. The Word, again, does not tell us in what place the Lord assembled with his disciples; verses 9 and 10, verse 12, however, allow us to think that this gathering took place outside, on the Mount of Olives. It was from there that the disciples « returned to Jerusalem » and « went up to the upper room » (v. 12:13). Was this « upper room » the « great room furnished » – « room on the upper floor », tells us the footnote in our Bibles – of which we speak Mark 14:15 and Luke 22:12? The thing is possible, not at all certain, however. Be that as it may, this passage states that in the upper room « abode » the eleven apostles – so it was always a friendly house – and he also gives us another indication of the gathering: in this place, « all … continued with one accord in prayer … « (v.14). The gathering place is a house of prayers and prayers going up to God « by mutual agreement ».

« And in those days, Peter rising up among the disciples » (Acts 1:15). It is probably in the « upper room » that Peter uttered the first of the seven discourses reported to us in the book of Acts (1:15 to 22; 2:14 to 36; 3:12 to 26; 4: 8 to 12: 5:29 to 32, 10:34 to 43, 15: 7 to 11).

3 – Acts 2 to 12

It is perhaps also in the upper room that, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered « all together in one place » (Acts 2: 1-4). The Holy Spirit then descended to the earth as Divine Person, « and he filled the whole house where they were sitting. » The gathering place is a place where there is room only for the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit operates the judgment of evil – it appears in the form of « divided tongues, as of fire » – so that in the assembly and in every believer there is nothing that is incompatible with the presence of God, of the holy God whose assembly is dwelling by the Spirit. And as the Holy Spirit « fills the whole house, » he also « fills » all who are there: « and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. » Only then did they « begin to speak »: to be able to open their mouths in the gathering place, one must be led and directed by the Holy Spirit.

In these first days of the history of the assembly on earth, « all believers were in one place » and it is added that they « break bread in their homes » (Acts 2:44, 46). Shortly after, when Peter and John were released, we are told that they « came to theirs » and there, together, « they raised with one accord their voice to God »; As they prayed, « the place where they were assembled was shaken » (Acts 4:23, 24 and 31). Finally, after Peter was delivered by the angel of the Lord, « he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John nicknamed Mark, where many were gathered together and prayed » (Acts 12:12).

4 – Other assemblies in a brother’s house

Thus, at the very beginning of Christianity, we see believers gathered either in a place that is not specified, or – and this is usually the case – in the house of one of them. Subsequently, when assemblies were formed in various localities, we are told repeatedly that the assembly met at a brother’s house.

Aquila and Priscilla his wife had the inestimable privilege to house the congregation in their home, first the assembly of Ephesus and then that of Rome (for Ephesus, see Acts 18:18, 19 and 1 Corinthians 16 : 19 – the apostle Paul was at Ephesus when he wrote the first epistle to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 16: 8 – for Rome, see Romans 16: 3 to 5). – Gaius was the guest of the apostle Paul and « of all the congregation » (Romans 16:23), that is to say of the assembly of Corinth, the epistle to the Romans having been written by the Apostle Paul while at Corinth (compare Romans 16:23 and 1 Cor 1:14). – The assembly of Colossi was meeting in the house of Philemon (see Philemon 2 – Onesimus, about which the apostle writes his epistle to Philemon, was Colossi: Col. 4: 9). Nymphas also had the privilege of receiving the assembly in his house; it was, as far as we can understand from Colossians 4:15, the assembly of Laodicea.

Thus, it seems, five assemblies – Ephesus, Rome, Corinth, Colosse, and Laodicea – were meeting in the house of a brother, and nowhere is it said to us that it would be otherwise for the other assemblies.

5 – Meeting room today

How far we are from all the « places of worship » glorified by Christianity! Let us be aware of tendencies likely to lead us to a greater or lesser conformity with the religious world which has its churches, its temples, its chapels, with their pomp and ornaments! We would be deceiving ourselves if we said, or even thought, without daring to say it: for there to be a collective testimony in a locality, there must first be a meeting room. In some cases, have we not assimilated the assembly to the meeting-room: in such a circumstance, in which, by fidelity to the Lord, it was proper to separate from an assembly no longer bearing the character of the assembly, were there not some who refused to consider the abandonment of the local because they thought that, in so doing, they at the same time abandoned the ground of the Assembly of God?

5.1 – Feel the state of things

Admittedly, we are not unaware that today, especially in large cities, the conditions of existence are such that it would be difficult if not impossible to house the assembly in the house of a brother, except perhaps – and still not always – if it was small. This means that we are often forced to look for a meeting room for the assembly, which is becoming more and more complicated because it is obvious that the assembly, which has never loved in this world (see Acts 28:22), is nowadays generally undesirable. We can conclude that our conditions of life have become so artificial, so far removed from the simplicity which marked the existence of the believers of the beginning, that we are in fact placed, except in some particular happy cases, in the impossibility of meeting together. as the assemblies we talked about, in the house of a brother. We would be blessed if at least we felt this state of affairs, not considering as normal what is probably not and abnormal or exceptional what corresponds to the conditions in which the believers of the first days of the Church. And perhaps, in some cases, may God, seeing the exercise, hearing the prayer, allow his people to have the opportunity to gather in assembly in the intimate setting of one of their homes. . Nothing is impossible for him!

5.2 – Privilege to house the assembly

No doubt, let us repeat, the local circumstances are such that sometimes the use of a meeting room is necessary and that this is the path shown by the Lord in response to the prayers of the brothers and the assembly. But what a privilege for a local assembly to be able to, when the Lord allows it, to gather in the house of a brother and what an invaluable favor for a believer to house the assembly in his house! Surely, there must be devotion to the Lord and to the congregation, but what a rich blessing God will shed on the house that receives the congregation! Do not we have an illustration in the Old Testament? The ark of the testimony, a sign of the Lord’s presence in the midst of his people, was three months in the house of Obed-Edom, « and the LORD blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he belonged « (1 Chron 13:14). The rest of this first book of Chronicles tells us something about this blessing. Obed-Edom himself had the privilege of being doorkeeper for the tabernacle and, for the ark, chanter (1 Chron 15:18 and 24, 21 and 16: 5) and then, of « doing the service before the and continually, according to the work of each day « (1 Chronicles 16:37, 38); but still, the blessing extended to his eight sons – they are among the porters (1 Chron 26: 4, 5) – and to the sons of his sons, who are said to have been « strong men and valiant … valiant and strong for the service, sixty-two, of Obed-Edom « (1 Chron 26: 6, 8). What a joy for a faithful believer to see the blessing of God rest on his children and his grandchildren! Obed-Edom had such a joy for sheltering in his house the ark in which the testimony was kept!

Without a doubt, even today, a believer would know rich blessings, for himself and for his own, if, having the possibility, he had at heart to house the assembly in his house. And, returning to a certain extent to simplicity, the assembly would find conditions allowing fraternal relations more intimate, closer, happier, at the same time that the favor of God dispensed more richly, this favor which always rests on those who, letting themselves be guided by Scripture, find their happiness to obey.

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