This is a good example of how to start a house church. Someone who is hungry for God calls together a number of his family and friends. Then he (or she) calls for the man of God to come and share the Word of God. So simple!
This meeting in the house of Cornelius was an historic breakthrough. It convinced the Jewish believers that the Good News was for all nations, and not just for the Jews.
LYDIA’S HOUSE WAS EUROPE’S FIRST CHURCH
“After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house where they met with the brothers and encouraged them” (Acts 16:40).
The church of Philippi was formed in the house of Lydia. The book of Acts does not tell how the church grew. Most likely, when the group could no longer fit in Lydia’s house, the people formed another house church somewhere in the city. In this way they continued to divide and multiply.
PAUL’S RENTED HOUSE
“For two whole years Paul stayed in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 28:30,31).
These final words in the Book of Acts reveal that in Rome Paul used his own rented house for spreading the good news of God’s love.
The fastest growing movement in the world today began in houses. The Christian movement had its greatest growth while its people remained fluid and mobile. Christians multiplied the most when they remained concerned with relationship, not ritual.
FROM SHADOW TO SUBSTANCE
All the types and shadows of the Old Testament were totally fulfilled in Christ. We no longer need the tabernacle, the vestments, the temple, the furniture or any such thing. Christ is all and in all. We are complete in Him.
We no longer need a “holy place” such as the Jews had. We do not need an altar of incense, a laver, shewbread, urim or thummim. We do not need the shadows, for we have the substance — HIS NAME IS JESUS.
Let us look at John 4:20-23, when the woman of Samaria said to Jesus, “Sir, our fathers worshipped in this mountain: and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Jesus made it clear that, FROM HIS TIME ON Jerusalem was no more holy a place than Samaria. This is because HE HAD COME. In His coming he would forever bring an end to the idea of holy places. This is because He Himself had fulfilled all the types and shadows of the Old Testament.