My journey has been filled with research, reading, and reflection on numerous authors who have been on similar and more extensive travels through the home church wilderness. I have concluded in my mind after all this time and research that the way that the early New Testament believers met is the "better way."
A few weeks ago or maybe months, I came across a listing of what one home fellowship sees as a thread weaved through the fabric of their meeting together as a body of New Testament believers. I believe that as I have read through this listing that it fleshes out what I see could be foundational to a body of believers meeting in the home so let me share it with you:
- Jesus is the head of the body of believers
- Understand that Jesus' desire for believers is that together they will conform to his image and be prepared for mutual ministries to each other and outreach to the lost world,
- Believe in the "priesthood of all believers" for the work of the ministry, not a professional pastor.
- Enjoy prayer, praise, worship, bible teaching, the Lord's supper, testimonies of the Lord working in the believer's lives as a common practice in the home environment.
- Encourage teaching, learning, and sharing times that are open to questions and discussion
- Include children as part of the gathering and ministry time.
- Enjoy practicing all the one another's listed in the scriptures
- Let elders have a functional mindset and emerge naturally over time.
- Make decisions for the body by consensus (Acts 15:22,25) looking to Jesus, the head, allowing the Holy Spirit the opportunity to bring the whole body of believers into one mind.
If you can think of more let me know.