The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#124 Home Is Where the Church Is!                                                                    February 7, 2016

          John 18:20  Jesus answered him, I spake openly  to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither
          the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
During his earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ taught God’s Word in the synagogues and the temple because that is where the Jews would gather.  The temple was for Jews.  The synagogues were for Jews.

          Mark 2:1  And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
          [emphasis added]
          2  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as
          about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

          Luke 10:38  Now it came to pass, as they went,  that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named
          Martha received him into her house. [emphasis added]
          39  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught God’s Word in homes as well during his earthly ministry - where those to whom he had come to minister - the Jews - actually lived. 

          Acts 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one  accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat
          their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, [emphasis added]
Following the shedding forth of God’s gift of holy spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost in the temple, the born again Jews began to fellowship daily in the temple and in homes.

God initially gave His Word to Jews only, beginning on the day of Pentecost.  The Jews had the temple.  The Jews had a synagogue system throughout the Bible lands - but the believing Jews fellowshipped in their homes too.  But what about the Gentiles?  When God gave His Word to the Gentiles beginning in Acts 10, they couldn’t fellowship in the temple.  They couldn’t fellowship in the synagogues.  The Gentile churches could only be in the homes of the believers.

          Acts 10:24  And the morrow after they [Peter and company] entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them
          [in his home], and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
          25  And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met  him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped  him.
          26  But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I  myself also am a man.
          27  And as he talked with him, he went in, and  found many that were come together.
          28  And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come
          unto one of another nation;but God hath shewed me that I should not call any  man common or unclean.
After Peter had taught much of God’s Word:
          Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the  word.
          45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the
          Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
          46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God….
The very first shedding forth of God’s gift of holy spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Gentiles occurred in the private home of this wonderful man, Cornelius, where he had invited his friends and family. What a fellowship! What a joy divine!

          Romans 16:3  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
          4  Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of
          the Gentiles.
          5  Likewise greet the church that is in their house…. [emphasis added]
Priscilla and Aquila were formerly Jews but when they became a part of the Church of God, they then had “the church,” a Fellowship, in their home - not in the temple or in a synagogue.

          Acts 28:30  And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
          [emphasis added]
          31  Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching  those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence,
          no man forbidding him.
The last word picture God paints for us in the Book of Acts is of the church in the home of the man who received the Revelation of the Mystery.  The Book of Acts closes with the Apostle Paul preaching and teaching the greatness of God’s Word in the home he was renting.

A building like ours is convenient for the occasional larger gathering of multiple home Fellowships, but the home and home Fellowships are where the church truly lives!

 Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893