Since the first days of creation, the home has been at the center of God’s plan for social and spiritual interaction. The Holy Spirit built upon this emphasis by referring to the church as the family of God.
Ephesians 2:19 (ESV) So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…
Did you know that the home church is one of the most clearly documented patterns of early Christianity (Acts 2:2, 42-47, 5:42, 10:24-48, 12:12, 16:15, 31-34, 40, 18:7, 26, 20:20, 28:30; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2, etc.)? Yet, sadly, the home church is one of the least emphasized patterns within today’s restoration churches. Why is that?
If we truly want to restore New Testament Christianity, we must restore the intimate simplicity of family-based assemblies.
These worship guides are patterned after the most vivid example we have of a New Testament assembly – 1 Corinthians 11:17-32. From this text we can see three segments which centered their home gatherings around the Lord’s Supper:
1. Refocused Submission (1 Corinthians 11:17-22)
2. Inspired Instruction (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
3. Convicted Application (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)
These three points of emphasis are central to the guides you will find here.
Exciting, isn’t it? The biblical pattern, which once led early Christians through an appropriate home church assembly, can still be used to direct your home church assembly as well.
You can do this!