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Recovering the New Testament Church

Home churches are all the rage now as believers reject the traditional church and seek a new religious satisfaction. They seem to think that by cutting out a paid clergy, buildings, doctrine and ecclesiastical order they’ll effectively find the New Testament church. I wonder.

I recently spoke with one of our former members who lives near Tulsa, OK. She is part of a splinter group that is starting a home church. Jean gave them a copy of our “Church Organizational Pamphlet” to keep from reinventing the wheel. Their pastor liked it, and he asked for more info, which I sent. But, in their enthusiasm to “dump” the non-spiritual and doctrinaire aspects of the organized church, they have interjected some of their own. Wanting to be literally a NT church, they are starting to major on minors, like should their women cover their heads in church?

That’s the problem with the local church: it’s an assembly of people. People are imperfect…but Jesus knew that when He founded the church (Matt. 16.18). That’s the reason He spoke of the church as His body. Each believer, serving in his capacity, is important to the whole body (1 Cor. 12.12ff). Christ lives in us, and we live in Him. “Without Him we can do nothing” (John 15.5).

The house church movement thinks that by simplifying church down to a living room meeting they’ll overcome the obstacles to faith. They cite the model of the NT church in Acts where “All those who had believed were together, and had all things in common” (Acts 2.44). Well, I have some questions: 1) Who pays the light bill, heat and other sundry expenses? 2) What form of ecclesiastic (church) order are they going to practice? 3) Will they pay their minister, or expect him to work out on his own? 4) Who’ll be the leadership, and what qualifications will they need? 5) Under what authority will they operate after giving the pious answer of “The Lord?” And so on…

The best thing for believers to do today is to “bloom where you’re planted.” So, you want something different, more spiritual and satisfying? Then be what you want, and be “it” in front of those you go to church with. Remember: the NT church was not defined by meeting in homes. No. It was defined by lifting up Jesus, worshiping Him, and being like Him.

Pastor Tom

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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