Please bring a bible verse/passage, song, poem, quote etc to share with the group that has a special meaning to you. We will also be alternating Sundays at Panera Bread Company locations and our homes discussing various topics/scripture passages-verses/personal stories to help us grow closer to Him and each other. We will also worship through music when in our homes. This is a fully participatory meeting of the Church so there will only be one leader, the Holy Spirit so bring your own Bibles since we are wanting to "Follow only what is written in the Scriptures. Then you will not be more proud of one person than another ." 1 Cor 4:6b
"As newborn babies want milk, you should want the pure and simple teaching. By it you can mature in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2
See you soon ! Scott and Danielle
Some information about the House Church Ancient Roots
After Jesus birth, the Wise Men came to His house. This is a significant gathering for worship. They traveled a long distance, bowed down, worshiped Him and offered gifts (Matthew 2:11).
The Last Supper in the Upper Room is the most complete picture of a worship service that we have in the New Testament. Jesus and 12 people ate a meal together, had prayer, teaching, singing, a foot washing, and communion.
After Stephen was stoned to death "Saul was also trying to destroy the Church going from house to house, dragging out men and women and putting them in jail. Acts 8: 3. After his conversion, when Apostle Paul talks about churches in his writings, he is talking about house churches, for instance, “Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house” (1 Corinthians 16:19).
Religious buildings were common in New Testament times. Jewish and Pagan temples are mentioned 192 in the New Testament yet the early church did not build any church buildings for the first 300 years. Roman Emperor, Constatine I in 313 A.D. wanted to legitimize Christianity by erecting grand buildings of worship for Christians to rival the Jewish and Pagan temples . Later Roman Emperor, Theodosius on Feb 27th, 380 A.D. made Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Christianity was truly another religion losing the "relationships" that the early Christians experienced.
The early church experienced incredible growth all the while meeting in homes. When the last disciple died around 100 A.D. the church numbered around 25,000 by 313 A.D. it had grown to 20 million. All of this growth took place in house churches.
We can experience being the "Church" instead of going to one.