Hello! My name is Rob Pineda, and I live in Deltona, Florida. My family and I are going in the house church direction, and was wondering how others feel about starting out with just your own family? Is that not a good idea? Is it just fine? Just looking for some opinions, and input. Thank you so much!
Family is a great place to start. Go for it. That's a thousand times better than a church where Christ and his word are not honored. Unfortunately, there are many such operations out there. They need to reform or die.
It may be that the passages about church in one's house may refer to the Christians in the family and in the home.
If God places no minimum number to constitute a church - neither should we. Of course we desire to see it grow in numbers and in good influence. But this does not always happen overnight.
May the Lord direct your steps, my brother. Good to see you!
Thank you so much for replying. We tried it this past Sunday, and my kids enjoyed actually participating, other than just singing. We are continuing to pray about it, but are excited to continue. Thank you again and have a great day.
This is Carol, Steve's wife. We agree that starting with your own family is great. Your children will learn what house church is all about and to participate. Also, it is easier to bring other families in when they see first hand the role children play in the house church.
We know a family who considered a number of years ago pulling back from their local assembly, but decided against it because of their children's need for fellowship. Now that their children are older, they have some regrets because they see how tied their children are to the institution.
Rob, it is a joy to know that your kids are participating in the worship in your home. Small beginnings are God's specialty! I will pray for you all today in anticipation to His blessing your service and devotion to Him.
This is what my household - myself, my husband, my preschool aged kids, and my parents - have been doing for a year now. We had planned to invite others but Covid has made our already skittish neighbors even less likely to be willing to connect. So, we soldier on, just us 6!