Is Home Church Worship Just Fellowship?
No, “home church” is CHURCH … not just fellowship.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.
5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
In 1999, Christ Jesus commanded me that Truth Seekers of Jesus Christ/Truth Seekers Church is to meet only in members’ homes and, except for evangelism, I do convene only in my home and other members’ since 1999.
As Jesus visits us with a new move of His Spirit in the earth (revival, refreshing), He plans a restoration to intimacy with Himself and one another. Repented persons meeting to hear from the Lord’s authorized, anointed offices (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher – Ephesians 4:11) is what Jesus calls His “church” (Matthew 16:18). If we meet in the middle of a corn field, we should be honored that the LIVING CHRIST, GOD-IN-FLESH asks to meet with us at all!
Your Home Rights As A Child of God
These repented persons gathering in a home to listen to Jesus through the anointing of the Pastor is, certainly, more legitimate than gathering in a home to have a Tupperware or Pantry Party, or a man-huddle meeting!
Choosing to meet at your home or another’s home to be changed by the Words from Jesus Christ who created the earth and gave every property in it, absolutely, is more your right than doing so to introduce a political candidate for the Democratic, Republican, or other party!!!
Home Church is an environment focused on the message and more close-knit for families. We do need an environment that keeps families together in learning Jesus Christ, just as they all remained together listening to Him in the beginning of the “Church”. It was a boy in attendance with all the adults who could offer his five loaves and two fishes for the miracle to happen! Children do hear the Gospel and respond!
Did We Sin In Building Construction?
Jesus IS with us in the old methods we have clinged to of weekly convening in a sort of “temple” — be it an auditorium, coliseum, convention center, or campus, etc.. The Lord, Jesus Christ, has in these wonderful places — turned us to repentance from our sins and saved us; gifted us with miracles that healed our bodies from what science could not do; delivered us from tormenting invisible spirit beings and their curses. All praises to Jesus Christ – the Pre-eminent power in every realm!!! Blessed and only POTENTATE.
While Jesus has shown himself strong in our behalf under the methods we are all familiar with …
He is telling my spirit with the “ears He has given me to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches” …
It is time to move on. We must move on to “unfamiliar methods” that allow us to keep satan off the important things — The Gospel and the people – for restoring stressed-out Pastors and for this next generation of harvest! WE MUST SEEK HIM FOR THE, COMPLETELY, UNFAMILIAR METHODS HE IS USING, NOW.
Together with our Commander-In-Chief, Christ Jesus, we MUST move onward because we REMEMBER that we are in a demonic war against the Church, both in America and the globe!
Remember: that Revelation tells us satan will be allowed to increase his pressures against the churches throughout the entire earth as he approaches his day of demise by our Lord. Remember, and obey the Lord to WATCH as we pray. WATCH and acknowledge the falling away, subtle and slow, a little hear and a little there, from basic foundation truths that every Christian should know, proved by our living it — such as REPENTANCE … and RESPECT FOR GOD … and for His Authorities in the church and in civil society.
How Devotion To A Building Project Can Become Our Worship
The old pattern of receiving collections and planning a budget for building a kind of temple to worship in has been man’s own doing. The Lord Jesus has, lovingly, worked with us in this method because He will always honor our faith. Yes, I believe He gave instructions for some to do it, as they pursued a home for God’s people — through faith and love!
However, satan has used our love for Jesus against us — through the old method of building programs and all that goes with it. Satan has turned us pastors into CEOs instead of Shepherds — complete with all satan’s troubles, frettings, fears, AND unexpected temptations that touch our flesh and, therefore, our worship in ways totally unnecessary! (1 Cor 7:35, John 14:27).
- Temptation to pride and vainglory for being Executives, Presidents, and CEOs versus humble friends strengthening each other (John 15:15)
- Temptation to lust after positions and paid services that come with administering a building growth plan versus preoccupation with being brethren (Matt 20:25-28).
- Temptation to distraction in serving the Lord by becoming organizers versus loyal preachers (Acts 6:2).
- Temptation to serve the IRS and cater to their identity for us and our work, versus “waiting upon the Lord Jesus” for both, identity and work assignment.
Home Church Intimacy With Jesus and One Another
Currently, the FIRST thing anyone asks when you tell them you are a Pastor is — “Oh, where is your church”? The FIRST thing anyone says when you tell them you are a member of a church is — “Oh where is your church”? The FIRST thing we all think of when thinking about any church is —
“Oh, where is IT“– with no thoughts, care, questions or interest in what is JESUS SAYING? What is JESUS DOING?
Is Jesus Christ, Himself, the focal point for us in modern times? We focus on the wowrk of getting people to admit belief in Him. Even satan believes in Jesus Christ … and trembles, says the Holy Scriptures! It is not enough.
Our focus must move on to INTIMACY. To accomplish authentic INTIMACY with God through Christ, will require different wineskins to drink of His Holy Spirit from! (Luke 5:37-39)
Are we seeking in prayer and study for the unfamiliar methods that support INTIMACY with Jesus and with one another? Are we focusing on an AUTHENTIC intimacy? What is authentic? AUTHENTIC INTIMACY produces the “fruit of holiness” which we know is happening in one another because we, actually, “know” everyone in the room and are involved in each other’s Christian walk?
In the intimate environment of home churches, Christians greatly mature through responsibility for one another and accountability to one another, also are greatly exposed to their own sincerity about loving Jesus Christ. Some can’t handle the closeness of Christian family and prefer the old methods that enable us to hide — from one another … and ourselves.
I am convinced that this kind of intimacy is the new face that Christ Jesus is exposing the world to when they think of “The Church”. I know that He commanded me, in 1999, that Truth Seekers of Jesus Christ/Truth Seekers Church is to meet only in members’ homes as our normal way of assembling together with our Lord Jesus Christ and one another.