As we check out the Holy Bible for details of the Early Church that started after the resurrection of Christ Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.   As there were no Christians until Jesus Christ came into the Upper Room and in John 20:22 the Disciples were born from above as per John 3:7-8.    And after 50 days at Pentecost the Disciples then received the Holy Spirit  for wisdom and power for their ministry.

Actually the Gospels were written as a transition from the Old Testament (will) under the LAW to the New Testament (will) under GRACE.  So in the Gospels you will find things that pertain to the Law of Moses and also things that pertain to the Church that was yet to be built in Christ Jesus.  The use of the LAW was set aside as being unprofitable and replaced by LOVE as the motivation.

So for the first Early Christians what did the “Church” look like?

First off, there is not one word in the New Testament concerning building a building.   Not that we should take any buildings down.  But only that there is a far better way of having church that we need to consider.  With big building we also assume the maintenance and upkeep which are extensive.  Some how along the line the Christian House Churches came under the pagan influence of having a big beautiful building.  And then the building took on the name Church.   Actually the Greek word for church means “called out ones” or the people.
So actually the people are the church and not the building. 

Second, The Elder/Pastors of the Early Church was self supporting.   So that gifts and offerings that were given to the LORD went for evangelism and helping the poor who were in need.   And along with that there is no scripture concerning tithing in the New Testament Church.

So in searching the Holy Scriptures these verses come into view:

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,  Acts 2:46

and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,  Acts 20:20

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epænetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.  Romans 16:5

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)  1 Cor. 16:15.

The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.  1 Cor 16:19

Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.  Col.4:15

whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.   Titus 1:11

So we see by these verses that the Early Church (which were the people) were meeting together each week in homes to study the scriptures together and to lift up Christ Jesus as LORD,  Eph.4:11-16.  They were getting to know each other and to minister to each other which some call “Body Life Ministry.”  They were coming together to help each other to be sanctified and to lean how to fulfill their ministry in the Holy Spirit with maturity and power.  The Early Church was an interactive family kind of a forum.   It was not the normal theater church.

Also the Elders that were called of the LORD to oversee HIS CHURCH would come together each week and lean better how to serve the LORDS flock and to learn to hear and obey the Holy Spirit.  The Early Church was supervised by the Holy Spirit according to the Word of God.

So a few of us have began coming together to learn how to develop a Holy Spirit “House” church at Ken’s Home in Kealia.   It is off to a shaky start but the potential is there.  The Pot Blessing Fellowship begins at 6 PM and we are seeking to work our way towards being a healthy New Testament House Church in UNITY by the Holy Spirit each Friday.   The address being 85-5445 Mamalahoa Hwy.  As of this time we are yet very unorganized.  Some high places need to come down and some low places need to come up.  But the ultimate goal is to see Christ Jesus lifted up in all of HIS GLORY.

If you have any questions, please get back to me.

Yours, in HIS great love,  Ken<><     (At this web page you will find a link:  “WORTH CONSIDERING” with teachings on other subjects.)

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