During Jesus’ lifetime common, ordinary dwellings were used for spreading the gospel and for discipling new converts. This was also true during the expansion of the Church in the Book of Acts. The scripture passages below show this.
A HOUSE WHERE JESUS WORSHIPPED
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and myrrh” (Matt 2:11).
The very first time a group gathered to worship Jesus and offer Him gifts was in a house. This was the house of Mary and Joseph.
PETER’S HOUSE IS USED FOR A HEALING MEETING
“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in a bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him and he drove out the spirits and healed all their sick” (Matt 8:14-16).
In the early days of His ministry, Jesus used the house of Peter to conduct preaching, healing and deliverance meetings.
THE FIRST COMMUNION SERVICE IS HELD IN A HOUSE
“In the last week of Jesus’ ministry he said to his disciples, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, The teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house’” (Matt 26:18).
Our Lord could have chosen to celebrate the first communion with His disciples in a synagogue, in the temple, or in some other place of religious importance. However, He chose to celebrate it in a common, ordinary house.
Thus He set His approval on the common dwelling place as a holy and sanctified place. It was worthy of the most solemn worship services.
JESUS PREACHED TO CROWDS ASSEMBLED IN HOUSES
“Several days later he returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the city. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for a single person more, not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them” (Mark 2:1,2 tlb).
Jesus did the same things in houses that we do in our church buildings today. He also did these things in the open air, and in the temple courtyard.
PENTECOST CAME TO A HOUSE CHURCH
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting…” (Acts 2:1,2).
Many of us have never considered the number of foundational, biblical events that took place in someone’s house.
– The first worship service happened in a house.
– The first communion service was in a house.
– The first healing service was conducted in a house.
– The first instance of the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles came about in the house of Cornelius.