Biblical Concept: House Church

NAS Luke 22:11 "And you shall say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says to you," Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples? "'

Meaning: 1) Jesus ate His final Passover in “a large, furnished, upper room” of a Jerusalem home. 2) John chapters 13-17, the first teaching of Church Age Doctrine, was presented by Jesus in this home.  3) This home was possibly the home mentioned in Acts 2:2 and 12:12, and became one of the key houses in which the Church Age was begun.  Note Acts 2:46, 5:42, and 8:3.

NAS Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Meaning: 1) The feast of Pentecost, a celebration of wheat harvest, is the time chosen by God for the formal start of the Church Age.  2) This occurred in a Jerusalem home.  Possibly the home of Mary and John-Mark (Acts 12:12), the location of Jesus’ final Passover (Luke 22:11).

NAS Acts 2:46 And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

Meaning: Before Religious persecution made meeting in the temple impossible (see Acts 8:1), Jerusalem homes were important centers for Church activity.

NAS Acts 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Meaning: Before Religious persecution made meeting in the temple impossible (see Acts 8:1), Jerusalem homes were important centers for Church activity.

NAS Acts 8:3 But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

Meaning: When Saul began his officially sanctioned persecution of the Church (see Acts 9:13-14), he sought the locations of house-churches.

NAS Acts 9:17 And Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Meaning: Saul (Paul) received his first Church Age teaching in a Damascus home.

NAS Acts 12:12 And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Meaning: After Peter’s angelic rescue from jail, he went to the  Jerusalem-house-church of Mary.

NAS Acts 16:40 And they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

Meaning: After Paul and Silas were released from jail through Divine intervention, they went to the Philippi-house-church of Lydia.

NAS Acts 20:20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

Meaning: 1) Paul was hurrying to Jerusalem for Pentecost and called for the elders of the Ephesian Church to meet him at the port of Miletus.  2) He recalled how he taught “publicly” (synagogue and school of Tyrannus, Acts 19:8-9) and from Asian-house-churches and Ephesian-house-churches.

NAS Acts 21:8 And on the next day we departed and came to Caesarea; and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him.

Meaning: Paul, on his way to Jerusalem for Pentecost, stayed at the Caesarean-house-church of Philip the evangelist.  Note “prophetesses,” “prophet,” and “local residents” in 21:9-12.  Note: A  spiritual leadership gift + other believers = a house-church.

NAS Romans 16:5 also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.

Meaning: Prisca and Aquila hosted a Roman-house-church.

NAS 1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

Meaning: Prisca and Aquila hosted an Ephesian-house-church.

NAS Colossians 4:15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.

Meaning: Nympha hosted a Laodicean-house-church.

NAS 2 Timothy 2:20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  Note 2:21.

Meaning: Serve God’s house-church with honor.  Note: If the house-church is small, your efforts are magnified.

NAS Hebrews 3:6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Meaning: Serve God’s house-church with confidence.

NAS 1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Meaning: Serve God’s house-church as a spiritual sacrificing priest.

NAS Philemon 1:2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:

Meaning: Philemon hosted a Colossian-house-church.