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  • Micah 5:2
    "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

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Anne

Wow- great post! We do not homechurch right now although we have met with a group of Christians here on base for study and fellowship. I think the concept has a lot of merit, I just get bothered by those who look down on those who aren't currently doing this or think others aren't in God's will if they go to a regular church. We know God wants us to stay at our current church for the rest of this assignment (DH is USAF- we have less than 2 years left here).

I really appreciate all the Scriptural references you listed. I also appreciate that you state that you're not saying it's sinful to stay in a regular church. I agree we shouldn't ignore examples from the Bible. It's a neat movement- and who knows- maybe God will lead us to one on our at our next base! :)

Fred

Very insightful, Tom. I enjoyed every bit except that little french term at the bottom. Had to ask Chris what it meant. Good verses too. It seems lately I run into men who explain away scripture rather than taking it at its face. Plainly read, the scriptures say much about living in the world!

Fred

Chris

Thanks Tom, very insightful post! I didn't realize how many scriptures mentioned the "home" as a place of Christians meeting together. Just like many other things in our culture and world, this idea of meeting in homes was a part of early history that had its roots in the foundations God laid down in scritpure. Too bad we try to "improve" upon what God says works and is good. Appreciate the challenge to "muse" on this! :)
Chris

Parenting With Purpose

Have you read Dr.David Black's website? He has been writing on this topic regularly. http://www.daveblackonline.com/blog.htm
Thank you for your article. I appreciated your cautions!

jon

There is a guy by the name of Jim Ellif (sp?) who is pastoring a couple home churches in Kansas City. I have found his writing to be very helpful. We try to combine the best of both worlds...sunday mtgs as a body, and midweek small groups (HEART Groups). This provides the home, encouragement, accountability, realtionship, teaching aspect missing on Sunday. The small groups have been the lifeblood of our church--about 80% participation versus the 25% typical of a midweek prayer service.

Tom

Thanks, all, for reading, considering, and responding! Hope it is edifying and helps everyone re-think in the light of what the Lord has said. Obviously, this was a blog post and not a thorough treatise on the church. There is a lot more the Word has to say, but hope this was a good appetizer.

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