Micro Church

Micro Church is another name for House church. It reflects the idea that house churches are small gatherings of Christian believers.

We are a micro church and our fellowship meetings are not traditional, typical or formal. Importantly, they are biblical! Our meetings and activities are patterned after New Testament example.

This is what to expect when you fellowship with us:

Passover-Type Meal Sharing

Jesus ate the Last Supper with his disciples and commanded them to do the same continually in His memory. It was a tradition that was kept religiously by the Apostles, practised regularly by primitive church assemblies, and handed down in scriptures to successive generations of Christian assemblies to carry on continuously. We celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly. Apart from re-enacting the tradition of sharing pieces of unleavened bread and grape juice in holy communion in memory of the Lord's death, we also share full meals from time to time in our assembly.

 

'And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 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, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:42-47.'

Plurality of Leadership

Leadership in our house churches is not completely centred on one person. Though there is an overseer who coordinates the activities of the group, like a flock of sheep can not thrive without a shepherd, a house church can not thrive without spiritually mature, God-appointed leadership:

 

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17.

 

This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.1Tim 3:1-7.

 

In addition to the overseer or house church pastor, each group has a small team of elders who work with the overseer as co-leaders, to serve the flock. These are spiritually qualified members within the assembly as specified in the following passages of scripture:

 

Likewise, must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 1Tim3:8-10.

 

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. Titus 1:5-9.

 

There is, therefore, a plurality of leadership that is elder-centred with shared responsibility, and not pastor centred with sole-responsibility, so Christ, the Bright and Morning star, remains the only STAR in His Church, and not a celebrity pastor or overseer.

Participatory Membership

The Bible says Christ has made all believers kings and priests unto God(Rev 1:6).

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.IPt 2:9

 

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. ICor 12:7-12.

 

In faithfulness to the biblical pattern, we recognise the priestly office of all believers. The nature of our meetings encourages all members of the body to function in line with their gifting. Everyone is able to participate throughout the course of a service, so no member of the family is neglected.

Every believer has a gift, a calling and a ministry and they discharge their priestly responsibility during service. We discuss the word of God together, pray together, and worship together. Like a normal human body, the church which is Christ's body thus encourages the hands, the legs, the fingers and all parts of the body to carry out their God-given responsibilities.

Petite Numerically

Our gatherings are usually small numerically as they are mostly home-based. We meet in the living room of a member's house just like the Early Church did. The average number of participants per assembly is typically between 5-20 members. The Christian church is a family, so limiting membership to small family-sized numbers helps to foster a sense of community, mutual responsibility, and unity in the fellowship. Colossians 4:15, Acts 2:42.

It is all about Jesus

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