Since leaving the organized church about 2 years ago, my husband and I have been having church at home. We decided to spend our Sundays at home because of the compromise within our area churches - and because we are both looking for something completely different in an organized church. Having church at home doesn't offer the ideal situation, but it does offer the devotional time important for all of us.
From the beginning, we opened our home to an Asian couple who were also unable to find a place of worship. This past Sunday, we had another Asian couple join us, along with their beautiful 2-year old son. It was close and wonderful.
What We Do
We have made it a practice to have our meal first. Since we do meet close to lunchtime, we decided that the children would concentrate better on a full stomach. We then open in prayer, and my husband leads a short study - one of which he has chosen directly from the Word. He then closes in prayer, and we fellowship for about another 1/2 hour.
It in no way follows the traditional church format, but early believers didn't have a firm format either. We don't anticipate that our family will grow to be a huge house church. Our goal is to get to know a couple of families well and learn the Bible along with them.
Some Basic Guidelines
In the following video, the speaker helps you form a house church from a biblical perspective. He discusses some legitimate issues.
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