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- Read 1 Corinthians 16:19-24. The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. If anyone does not love the Lord — a curse be on him. Come, O Lord. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
While Christians at first continued to worship in temple and synagogue, from the beginning they also met in private homes (Ac 1: 13; 2: 2, 46). Worship in homes was a well-established pattern in Paul’s ministry (see also Ro 16:5; Col 4:15; Phm 2), and special buildings for Christian churches did not appear in the New Testament. The family had been the religious unit from the beginning of creation, and worship had centered in the house, from tent to palace. Tabernacle and temple were, in contrast, “the house of God.” In the New Testament the house where a Christian family lived was open to other Christian brothers and sisters to worship together, and when the temple was destroyed and the synagogue closed to Christians the church in the home became the sole refuge for the believers until special buildings were later erected.
HOUSE CHURCHES AND EARLY CHURCH BUILDINGS
2 John: The earliest Christians gathered for worship and fellowship in private homes. Affluent Christians with more spacious homes generally opened them to their brothers and sisters in Christ. In a context in which Christians frequently faced persecution, there were obvious advantages to meeting in a private setting. This practice is also consistent with kinship language found in the Bible.
The New Testament letters mention several of the house churches in which believers congregated:
- Romans 16: 5 speaks of several house churches in Rome, and the households mentioned in Romans 16:10-11, as well as the groups in 16:14-15, might indicate the identities of the various homeowners.
- First Corinthians 16:19 tells of a church that met in the house of Aquila and Priscilla.
- Colossians 4:15 reveals that a church gathered in Nympha’s home.
- Philemon 2 contains Paul’s greetings to the church that met in the home of Philemon, Apphia or Archippus.
- Second John 10-11 warned its readers against bringing false teachers into their houses. This warning may have been a more comprehensive admonition to be cautious not to accept false teachers into the church.
DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
- What are the advantages of meeting in a home for church?
- What are the disadvantages?
- How do you think the advantages or disadvantages intersect with where the United States is a culture?
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