A. It is not our purpose to tear down anything that God is building. We are committed to bless and to assist all the churches in every city, large or small, denominational, non-denominational, or inter-denominational.
We do not compete with other churches. We are simply presenting a valid expression of church that is based on the Word of God and that has proven effective both in the primitive church and in modern times.
We do not say that God is calling all His people in all places to be doing the exact same thing. The Church of Jesus Christ is amazingly fluid and versatile in its many expressions when it is not bound by rigid and inflexible rules.
Q. Do house churches have to belong to a denomination?
A. Every house church in any city belongs to the church, the body of Christ, in that city, first and foremost. A house church may belong to a denomination. However, its ties to the denomination should not interfere with its commitment and relationship to the body of Christ within that locality.
The greatest challenge to any church is maintaining unity within the larger body of Christ in the city where you live and serve (see chapter 7).
There are many other questions one might ask about house churches, but the most important one is, “Lord, what do you want me to do to help fulfill the Great Commission? Should I be involved in multiplying house churches in my own country and throughout the world?”
There are many ways to plant new churches and thus extend the kingdom of God in the earth. We will accept and not criticize the various ways that God’s people are seeking to plant churches.
It is my purpose to sound the trumpet to start house churches.
We say to you, COME AND HELP US! We are excited about multiplying churches in every country and people group so “that repentance and remission of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).
It is my firm belief that by now, there will be a house church movement in full swing in every country on earth. I believe it is the only way we will see the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
It is already beginning to happen. God is speaking HOUSE CHURCH to people everywhere. The ground work has been laid over the past 25 years through the worldwide acceptance of the cell group movement.
Some of us are old enough to remember when it was highly questionable to start a house group of any kind, or anything else outside the church buildings themselves. There used to be such fear that it would draw people away from the “church.” Now, these groups are seen as very desirable as a means of church growth.
God is calling us to take a further step and recognize that we can actually have a church, in the fullest sense of the word, in a house.
Some of the largest congregations in the world today had their beginning in a house. When did it become a church? Was it a church when it had ten people and met in a house? Or was it a church only when it had a thousand people? Was it a church only when it met in a specially designed building called a “church?”