Fine. Tell us why.

A myriad of indicators as well as the Barna research noted previously corresponds to a book authored by global house church expert Wolfgang Simson, a German who has been engaged in tracking the organic church world for more than two decades.  In The House Church Book, Simson provides a simple but compelling discussion about why house churches are valuable entities in the kingdom of God, and some of the insights he’s gleaned about how they work best.

A persuasive advocate for house churches, Simson writes that “church as we know it is preventing church as God wants it,” discussing the attributes of the New Testament church and how it differs so dramatically from today’s churches.

“The New Testament church was made up of small groups, typically between ten and fifteen people. It grew, but not by forming big congregations of three hundred people… Instead it multiplied ‘sideways,’ dividing like organic cells once these groups reached about fifteen or twenty people. This then made it possible for all Christians to get together in citywide celebrations,”

which facilitated a greater sense of the body of believers in an area as well as dynamic worship and growth experiences.

A greater sense of the body of believers.  Dynamic worship.  Real growth.  Isn’t that what “church” is supposed to be?

Here’s your chance to chime in.  If you’re in an “institutional, traditional” church, fine.  Tell us why.  If not, what are you doing to love, serve and worship God and grow in grace and wisdom?  If you left the IC, tell us how come?  (As always, please observe our comment policy.  All comments are moderated.  Absolutely NO flames.)

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