When 100 christians from 10 different churches were recently surveyed on which one word they will use to describe the church, 91% said ‘TEMPLE’. And in the follow- up question about what they meant by ‘The Temple’, 87% described a building where christians gather to worship… THIS IS A PROBLEM…

Even though House Church is the template with which the early apostles labored to build, two thousand years on, it is still obscure and in fact unattractive to the average Christian. In fact most Christians don’t even know that what we know to be church today is very different from the model the New Testament prescribes.…

The central fact is, the early concept of church had no connection with a church building. The church was something else; a group of Christians drawn together by the Holy Spirit in a place where they worked together in a certain form. 

If you had asked, ‘Where is the church?’ in any important city of the ancient world where Christianity had penetrated in the first century, you would have been directed to a group of worshiping people gathered in a house. There was no special building or other tangible wealth with which to associate ‘church’, only people!”

Many Christians are totally clueless about what the church really is. Most think of church buildings, prophetic programs, and men in clerical when they hear the word ‘church’. This is a problem..

Church history however reveals that until the conversion of Emperor Constantine in AD 312, church meetings were efficiently held at homes. In the Emperor’s effort to free christians from persecution, the church became heavily institualized and professionalized. The once Spirit led, love glued, organic based, and Jesus centered family church gatherings denatured into a program based, system governed, men centered, and profit making meetings held in buildings (cathedrals) officiated by state licensed Priests. The church sadly degraded from a healthy persecuted spiritual family to a state-prescribed religion. In her decline, she traded her purpose and sacred cutting edge with social, cultural and pagan habits. Because the church was now in bed with carnal systems that secured her existence, she lost her identity as a prophetic counter culture and uniqueness from worldly patterns, and became a celebrated insider. As a result, both the church and the state (world) were trapped together, the church losing her direction by default. The bride of Christ got drunk with political power, functions, ambiance, hierarchy, and principles. 

This is the defective model we ignorantly inherited and built on, making 98% of christians think of Christ’s bride as a mortar and brick mold. In fact this same misconception is the basis for most problems in Christendom today including the myriad denominations and factions we have. What has become officially known as the Traditional Institutional Church which is a consequence of this fall out, is too expensive to run, too stressful to maintain, too big to manage, too weak to raise disciples, and thus counterproductive to our cause. Worship services in most Traditional Institutional Churches are still essentially performances, audience‐oriented masses, usually formal and liturgical religious events, where many spectators and consumers observe a few very involved religious specialists performing for them. This is very different from what God shows us in the Book Acts. 

First, let me say that House churches are not against Institutional churches , neither are institutional churches against House Churches. We are all cooking the same meal but with different pots.

Okay, now to your question. I have 15 reasons, but Just five for now pls:

House Churches are family oriented and non-profit by nature, not corporate oriented and business franchised by nature. [Mercy on me oooo!! I come in peace pls!!]

The carnal processes!?! 

The high operational cost of the institutionalized church coupled with her complicated managerial systems is probably the biggest antagonist to the purpose and essence of the church herself. 

The cost!?! 

The smallness of a House Church creates greater intimacy where people actually get to know one another, genuinely love themselves, and deeply care for each other tangibly. The kind of love in any such small group is both attractive and contagious. No hard core sinner can resist such love.. 

The love!?!  

Close connections and relationships with people I may never even shake hands with in an Institutional Church leads to greater accountability, responsible Christian living, and fruit bearing. Closer connections eliminates the consumerist pandemic in the Institutional Church as everyone participates in the gathering, enabling spiritual growth. Everyone in a house church is a minister to someone.

The fruits!?! 

House churches focus more on God and on discipleship than on entertainment and programming.

Expenses are exponentially reduced, enabling us to use our offerings to meet people’s needs, preach the gospel, and accomplish more as ambassadors of Christ..

The Great commission!?! 

Every Christian is called to teach [Heb 5:12] and each of us needs a reliable system that urges consistent exercise towards that function. Without a model that gives every soul the platform to develop their teaching Grace, folks will turn 50 years old in church, but only 3 days old Christ. The platform to share a thought, an experience, a revelation etc should be available as soon as a person comes to know the Lord. We all know that almost all our Sunday services presided by certified Arch and ‘Circle’ Bishops will not accommodate such distractions.

A minister, servant, or worker of the Lord Jesus is not a ‘special’ Believer belonging to a ‘special group.’ According to New Testament revelation, every Believer should be a minister, servant, or worker. A House church offers the platform for every Believer to “Speak[ing] to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…;” [Eph 5:19]. This relatively simple and cheap church model has proven to be the most impartial and efficient disciple manufacturing machine since Adam…

Even though House Church is what the early apostles labored to build up, two thousand years on, it is still obscure and in fact unattractive to the average Christian. In fact most Christians don’t even know that what we know to be church today is very different from the model the New Testament prescribes. I think there is an intelligent reason behind every instruction in a manufacturer’s manual. I think there is a mystery behind every prescribed Biblical pattern…

While the system of institutional churches of various stripes have been well established, we all know some branches have produced detestable fruits inconsistent with the nature of the vine. The same could be said of House churches, but I think the effect of a backsliding shepherd in a 10 member house church congregation should be far lesser than in a 3000- chain worldwide mega ministry owned by one man..

Since the House Church model is a fresh discovery by many Believers in recent decades, trial and error is still taking place as Believers learn and negotiate their way back to assembling as prescribed by the early apostles. I prefer to be used as a sacrificial lamb to prepare a church model that generations unborn can emulate to establish a Pandemic  proof church on earth..

While the House Church concept may seem weird, history confirms that it is actually the way Christ’s church began and continued for the first 300 years.  It wasn’t until Constantine “legalized” Christianity in 313 AD that churches began meeting in specifically constructed cathedrals. We also know that the church somewhat lost her prophetic edge and transforming power in this transition…

House church is 100% Biblical. Bellow are just 10 Bible references..:
Aquila & Priscilla’s house [Rom 16:3-5, I Cor 16:19]
Nympha’s house in Laodicea [Colossians 4:15]
Archippa’s house [Philemon 2]
Lydia’s House [Acts 16:40]
Jailer’s house [Acts 16:32]
Mary’s house [Acts 12:12]
An upper Room [Acts 20:8]
Cornelius’ house [Acts 10:20]
Titus Justus’ house [ Acts 18:7]
House to house [ Acts 2:46, Acts 5:42]

The country with the fastest growing churches on earth today run the House church model. Afghanistan is the country with the fastest growing church. Do they have any Temples? Just google and see. Although exact numbers of Christians in China are unknown, we do know that church growth has occurred from a few thousand in the 1930s to what some estimate now rests between 80 to 130 million [or more] today. How many Temples do they have?Just Google it. Shouldn’t we be investing and focusing more on what saves more souls?