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About Home Fellowship
Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places…for I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) When Jesus came to earth His message was the Kingdom of God and he chose the house of many different people to carry out his ministry.
Christianity began and functioned out of houses, or homes for hundreds or years. When Christianity became a state religion in the time of Constantine, the large church building began to became a common practice. However, all through out history Christians have met in the houses of families. This is especially true in countries or regions where Christians are persecuted.
House church or home church is a term that describes a gathering of Christians in a home as opposed to a church building. The desire is to maintain an informal rather than formal setting in which people can be more intimate and relational. For this reason, there are many titles that describe the house church movement, ie; Relational church, Body life, Organic church, Simple Church, or Homefellowship.
More importantly, the house church or home fellowship has a clear biblical basis. Christians not only met in someone’s house, but the meetings were participatory for the purpose of edification.
“Aquil and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. ( 1 Cor 6:19 NASB; Acts 20:20; Rom 16:5, Col 4:15 Philemon 1:2 )
“Two or three gathered together’’ (Matt 18:20)
“When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation, let all things be done for edification.” ( 1 Cor 14:26 NASB, Col 3:16, Heb 10:24-25 )
The word congregation in the Bible literally means “a people called out” or “an assembly of people.” A congregation in biblical terms refers to the people not a building, house or an organization. The biblical view of a church is a congregation of people as few as “two or three”, who gather in the presence of Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord to worship Him and fellowship together.
A house is a building, but a home is what it becomes when a family dwells in it. Home is a warmer term and more personal than the word house. Fellowship describes what happens with the believers when they gather in someone’s house! It is for this reason we chose the name Homefellowship for the title of our network. The purpose of this website was to make known and available the locations and types of Homefellowships around the world. The goal is to create a loosely held network of Homefellowships, making it possible to meet and fellowship with believers when traveling around the world. For more on house churches, visit the links page.
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