Life as a house church

Every Christian belongs to a God's family, he/she meets this family, knows it and shares life with the family members.

 

We invite people into our lives and open our house to them.
Like in a big family, we grow together and share life with its ups and downs.

Reading the Bible together, exchange and worship are important components in life as a house church.

We share our experiences, help each other, encourage and support each other.

This community is characterized by honesty and openness.

 Jesus is the center and his life is a good example.

 In need, we stand together and help each other.

Biblical foundations are very important to us because the Bible itself gives us a clear concept a real community pretends.

As a house church, we do not have the typical and traditional church structures. These are not biblical. The Bible does not use a head pastor, but elders and deacons, as well as teachers, apostles, evangelists and prophets.

We refer to these statements of the Bible and live an authentic and organic community.

House church is not an organization, but an organism in which all "parts" are equivalent.

 

The first churches in Jerusalem met in the houses and broke bread together.

They were living cells and there were also higher level meetings.

And so we too are networked with other local communities on site and connected with higher-level networks.

The communion in the houses was and is the "normal form" of the living community of believers.

Ekklesia, (from Old Greek ἐκκλησία, literally "the one called out") means "community of believers".

The understanding of "Ekklesia" after Bible is a group of people who entrusted their lives to Jesus, were baptized and see themselves as a family of God and commit to living God's mission together.

Community life includes common worship, preaching / devotion, sharing life with each other, shared meals and retreats, prayer and help (diakonia), weddings and funerals, as well as blessings and baptisms, healthy teaching in the sense of courses, seminars and training sessions, higher level meetings and multiplication.

Every house church should look outward as well as inward.

Evangelism and mission are the forms of external action, and internally this communion works in love, truth and help among each other, as well as in teaching and mutual encouragement.

The house church should also be a place for seekers of God, but also for the people who have found God and in faith want to go further and grow.

 

It is our prayer that God creates many house churches and grows a network that meets the challenges of our time and changes positively the situation throughout Germany.