House churches: forums to explore your relationship with God

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To the growing movement of people participating in “house churches” the definition of “church” is continually evolving.

Do a search on your favorite Web search engine on the term “house church” or “simple church,” and you might be surprised to see how widespread this movement is. One site describes a house church as a group of Christians gathering regularly or spontaneously in a home or other setting instead of a building dedicated to the purpose. (Interestingly, the house church was the earliest form of church worship in Christianity.)

Many of the sites discussing house churches suggest that those who participate are not against the institutional church, they just have found that the large church experience isn’t for them. House churches seek to provide an alternative path, another way of approaching communal worship.

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