About the House Church Network
- Exactly what is meant
by the phrase "House Church?" "House churches" describe
small groups of believers who gather in the name of Jesus Christ. They are similar to some the earliest churches which were
occasionally designated in the Scriptures as
household operations. These first Christians, you may
recall, reveled in the fact that they personally
had become the new dwelling place of the Almighty -
living stones in God's spiritual temple.
- What is the purpose of
the House Church Network? Our purpose is
to promote, for the glory of God, community and
networking among non-traditional minded believers while conveying good will in Jesus' name to our traditional-minded brethren and the world at large.
- What sort of
networking? Our continual encouragement
first and foremost. The House Church Network has
been in service since 1992. We
offer referral and informational services.
Web-based Forums and an automated Registry
of House Churches are operational.
- The basic
rationale? The undergirding principle
here is that church is a means to an end - the end that Christ is honored as Lord of all spheres, now and beyond. All authority in heaven and in earth
reside in Jesus Christ who reveals Himself primarily through through the scriptures but through nature and by supernatural means, as
well. Knowledge and wisdom are thus derived
from Jesus Christ through the His Holy Spirit.
This means that the totality of life must be
God-directed as we are motivated by gratitude for
the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. The
Christian perspective is thus a unique world-view
in which every follower of Jesus becomes a
full-time Christian minister or servant. Every day,
every event, every thought, every place become the
domain of the Messiah. The line between sacred and
secular progressively diminishes as Christ
gives true meaning to all things. Every thought is
to be brought captive to Him who is All and in
The home church format, among others, is well suited for
the implementation of such ideals. This was
demonstrated clearly in the first 250 years of
church history and often thereafter. The Lord is
again stirring up interest around the world in the
unique house church arrangement and He is
activating many. We frequently hear of other
home-related ministries being formed and do rejoice
in God upon their behalf.
- Could you call this the
underground church? Not really. The
underground church is essentially what we confront too often at the present. Christians in the West have gone "to the back of the bus"
with respect to culture - evangelism, mission, education, compassion,
counseling, race-relations, conflict resolution,
healthcare, law, and the arts. King Jesus has
appointed us to be as lights on a hill, not as
retreatists in a self-made ghetto. The word of our
Commander-in-Chief, in whom all power in heaven and
earth resides, is to go in my Name, not to stay behind in retreat.
Being finally energized by the Spirit of truth,
the Church can then enter a new era of unparalleled
outreach that extends to the spiritual as well as
the physical aspects of church and society. The
Christian home of the future will become a fully
operational church, an evangelism outreach center,
and a department of social services - all under one
roof. Every saint will at last awaken to the new
reality that his or her entire life is to be
devoted to a world-and-life-transforming Christian
ministry. The church will then leave behind its
"worship service" paradigm and enter a new one of
worship and service.
- Are you ready for such a revolution? Have you
begun to imagine who God is going to touch and
bless through you, your family, and perhaps a church in
your house? Have you begun to view your personal
existence as a full-time servant-ambassador
for the Son of God, ordained by Him to undertake
any task heretofore relegated to religious
professionals? Can you look into the future and
foresee your home or apartment as His official
embassy? Are you prepared to receive the greatest
blessings that come by giving rather than
The Lord can easily bring these things to pass
if we would but go down in prayer and repentance
and then rise up in His strength to obey his
mandates. The time is now, brother and sister.
History is daily and sadly reminding us that the
clergy, the educators, and the politicians cannot
accomplish alone the magnanimous tasks that lie before
us. If they can't then who shall?
- What association do you have
or not have with the institutional church?
We encourage brotherhood and solidarity
toward all Christians despite occasional theological differences. The
real basis of our oneness is Jesus Christ - not perfect
doctrinal agreement. This is an area where forebearance is required. The degree of involvement and
fellowship will differ in each case but the mandate
of Scripture is to love one another even to laying
down one's own life. Christians should be welcome
wherever there are other Christians and the truth
should always be spoken in love.
An exceedingly great man, the apostle Paul, put forth the following rhetorical question: Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4.
- Will the House Church
Network become a centralized organization from
which others are controlled or monitored?
Certainly not, our goal is one of
decentralization instead. Our desire is to see
unique House Church Networks form under the
Lordship of Christ in every neighborhood, village,
and city as the Lord wills. Each member bound together by the Spirit
of God and the blood of Christ. Mutual edification
and cooperation on the local level - not outside
interference - is the plan in view.
- Some of these things
sound rather technical. Would you
simplify? Our simple desire is to
see everyone come to know, to love, to serve, and
to share our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ to the
fullest. And, in this late hour, let us be certain we are utilizing every variety of church format as we reach out to a dying world.
- Who are the main
personalities at the House Church
Network? Jesus Christ only, we trust. He
is more than sufficient. The rest of us are just
brothers and sisters attempting to be the servants
of all and co-laborers with God. If Christ be
lifted up, He'll draw all men unto Himself.
- What else? Our internet presence is intended to stimulate investigation and discussion in view of the Scriptures. Therefore, articles or books representing opposing views may be found here so that the original source materials may be examined and compared. Let us then prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.
- Finally, the
House Church Network, which commenced in 1992, is
strictly a charitable and educational organization
which does not make solicitations for monetary
funds. (We are not a 501c3 government approved, taxpayer subsidized organization.)
May the God of all Truth direct your mind as you
consider these crucial matters!