Hi sister and other thoughtful discussion readers,
I once privately heard from a guy who said that he used to have great home meetings which may have been "church". Yes they were, I thought to myself.
Can I tie this in with another concept pertaining to another phrase which constantly comes up here - "starting a house church". And yet another - "church planter".
I am quite surprized that in reading the scriptures, there is _nothing_ about starting churches nor planting churches nor organizing such. No one is referred to as a church planter. No one is told to do such. No core group is viewed as waiting to become a church.
This isn't just an insignificant detail! Yet there are some in the house church movement who seem to be preoccupied with church planting and church planters...
The tremendous reality here is that Jesus himself will build his church. No one needs to start one or plant one because its already been done once and for all. He did it and did it right.
The divine arrangement is (1.) to preach the gospel to all and then (2.) to simply meet AS the church.
God has always been jealous for his own sovereign glory. Jealous is his name. Man's mindset says that the harvest is great, the laborers are few - therefore it must be up to us. God says, "No - pray to Me that I will send forth laborers into MY harvest."
Jesus, in whom all power is deposited, has commanded us to go into the world and proclaim the good news to every creature. The saving faith that they exercise is from God, too - lest anyone should boast. Eph 2.
Our Heavenly Father has so ordered all events that all glory goes to Him. No wonder Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." No wonder he commanded us to do all to the glory of God.
Unshackled house church Christians can easily implement these earth-shaking ideals. Let us arise and give Him glory for all things.