House Church: Reformed Style?

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Can there be such a thing? I guess so considering Christ Fellowship of Kansas City is doing just that. I’ve been on a Frank Viola kick the last month re-reading Pagan Christianity and reading for the first time Jesus Manifesto, Finding Organic Church and just started Reclaiming Church. It’s hard to argue with the facts he gives in Pagan Christianity, his conclusions you might find fault with, but the historic facts are pretty clear. From the Christ Fellowship of Kansas City website,

A group consisting of only ten or twenty people would not need a larger meeting place, and the costs involved in buying or renting any sort of building would be prohibitive. So when we were a new church, and when we said that we were meeting in homes, most of our friends in other churches understood. But when they learned that it was our intention to continue meeting in homes no matter how large we got, curious eyebrows often began to raise.

I don’t see a problem with meeting in the homes of believers and why should we? Each home assembly is lead by Elders, they have a confession of faith and are working out a catechism.




  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · April 19, 2014

    Surely the Historical Church’s are a mess today! But again, it is both part of modernity & postmodernity, quite simply the Judeo-Christian culture of the long past (save 50 years plus? give or take), has quite changed in the culture in our time. And with all our technology, we are actually dumbing down more quickly now! And as I have said before, we are in the throws of Gentile apostasy!

  2. johntjeffery · April 19, 2014

    Jon Zens is an example of someone committed to both the doctrines of sovereign grace, and the house church movement. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, and edited the “Baptist Reformation Review” for many years. “Searching Together” is he publication that he currently edits. See One thing that freedom from property and infrastructure might do is free up funds for charitable works and mission support. It would seem to also eliminate the possibility of a megachurch! Just sayin’!

    • jm · April 19, 2014

      They seem to be doing what Primitive Baptists have done and are still doing now. (not the conditionalists the absoluters)

  3. johntjeffery · April 19, 2014

    *he* = “the”!

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