House Church Talk - new book notice

His Servant His_Servant_4evr at
Tue Aug 31 11:55:59 EDT 2004

Just what we need Another book!  I had someone tell me if a person has to
write more then 50pages on house church they don't know what there doing

I think "relational church" is caught when it's modeled!  If you have to
have book try Wayne Jacobsens book on Authentic Relationships.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Anderson" <david at>
To: <House Church Talk  at>
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 10:01 AM
Subject: House Church Talk -  new book notice

> House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early
> Christianity
> by Roger W. Gehring
> For nearly three hundred years, early Christians met almost exclusively
> in private homes initially built only for domestic use. In this study,
> Roger Gehring investigates the missional significance of house churches
> from the time of Jesus through Paul in light of both theological and
> sociohistorical considerations.
> All church structures take shape in the tension between preestablished
> theological requirements and the concrete social situation. Even in the
> New Testament, the emergence of separate house churches involved the
> potential danger of splintering the Christian movement. Nevertheless
> their essential family-based foundation has proven to be the
> life-generating cell and fundamental core of the missional church.
> The development of early Christian ethics, the emergence of leadership
> structures, and the growth of ecclesiological concepts were all
> noticeably influenced by the households in which believers lived and
> gathered. In the last twenty-five years the house church phenomenon has
> generated a great deal of interest among New Testament scholars and
> church practitioners. Research has focused primarily on the architecture
> of these homes and on its corresponding social and theological
> implications.
> House Church and Mission offers scholars the first comprehensive summary
> of evidence concerning home churches in the New Testament and supplies
> pastors and lay leaders with a well-crafted discussion of the nature of
> "church" that explores the practical implications of house churches on
> outreach.

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