"Where two or more are gathered [b]in my name[/b]"NOT"Where two or more are gathered [b]at this place or that[/b]."[i]In My Name[/i] is the key. Men and women in prisons have some of the greatest meetings. Duncan Campbell in the chapel had spectacular meetings as well. I've had some great meetings in school hallways before! As long as it is in His Name.In Christ,-Eli[size=xx-small]PS- But, I do say that there are some places not wise to meet in, for reasons of impracticality, spiritual opposition, or having an appearance of wrong. Just to make myself clear![/size]
Stevenl Said:However, the fruit of the traditional church has already proved itself. I think anyone who can understand language and face reality can see this.
_________________Daniel van de Laar
I have been especially involved with the 'house church movement' for 35 years now. The pattern has gone from homes to hired halls to owned meeting halls and all the way back again. The church first developed in homes and I suspect it may well end in homes. The essence is not the location; neither in this mountain nor yet in Jerusalem. The essence is the worship of God in spirit and in truth. This may occur in groups of 2 or 3 or congregations of 1500. I have experienced the sweetest God-consciousness in homes and in large conferences. I have also experienced the dead hand of formality in both.On balance, I believe small meetings in homes are more condusive to 'worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth' but small numbers and simple surroundings are no guarantee of God's presence.
What took place in the time period between point a & point b? What significance does that have for us today in the body of Christ?
Just wanted to throw out a very good book i have just read on the subject. I highly recommend it to you, brothers and sisters."The Problem of Wineskins Today - The church structure in the technological age" by Howard A. SnyderI'd love to hear if any of you have read this book and any feedback you might have.