In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.    John 1:1-5 ESV

Where Did The Early Church Spend The Money They Collected?

You can find the answer in the Bible. In God’s Word, the Apostle Paul instructs the Corinthians in the following way; “NOW CONCERNING THE COLLECTION FOR THE SAINTS: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem”. (1 Corinthians 16:1-3 ESV)). They gave 100% of their collections to help other less fortunate Christians.

Where do modern churches spend the money that they collect?

Christianity Today surveyed approximately 272 modern day churches, and on January 1, 2000 reported how the average church spends it’s collections. It goes as follows:

  1. 43 percent for staff compensation
  2. 20 percent for facilities (rent, mortgage, utilities, upkeep)
  3. 16 percent for missions
  4. 9 percent for church programs
  5. 6 percent for administration and supplies
  6. 3 percent for denominational fees
  7. 3 percent other.

This use of what they are calling “Giving to God”, is no where to be found in the Bible.

Robert A. Rice

References:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/cbg/2000/janfeb/10.70.html

Charles Spurgeon’s View On House Church

Many people, including myself, consider Charles Spurgeon to be one of the greatest preachers and theologians of all time.

Many of today’s modern traditional churches feel the same way. But do they know what Charles Spurgeon had to say about House Churches? The following is an excerpt from “Additions to the Church“, which Spurgeon gave concerning concerning Acts 2 on April 5, 1874.

Charles Spurgeon said the following:

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Is House Church Something New?

Many people are under the impression that House Church is something new. The fact is, it cannot be disputed that House church is the original and Biblical practice of the early Christians, as demonstrated throughout the New Testament.

House church practice started after Jesus’ resurrection and was set up by the apostles, who where taught by Jesus.

Yet what modern churches practice today, did not start till the 4th century, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine I.

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Why House Church?

by Mark M. Mattison
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House churches worldwide are growing as never before. Ironically, this movement is the antithesis of the mega-church dream pursued in an age when “bigger is better.” What is the house church ideal, and why do some Christians pursue it?

What is a House Church?

A house church is a group of Christians who meet regularly in the intimacy of homes rather than in formal church buildings. No one denies that the earliest Christians met in houses. The book of Acts regularly describes Christian assemblies in peoples’ homes (Acts 2:42; 5:42; 20:20). Church meetings are recorded in the homes of John’s mother (Acts 12:12), Lydia (Acts 16:40), Aquilla and Priscilla (Rom. 16:3-5; 1 Cor. 16:19), Gaius (Rom. 16:23), Nympha (Col. 4:15), and Philemon (Philem. 2).

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Why I House Church. Tired of staring at back of a head.

By Barry Steinman

Hebrews 10:25 NIV “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” How does sitting in rows, listening to a monalogue help us encourage one another. The only chance we get to interact is before the official meeting or after it. I would contend that the offical “church meeting” doesn’t allow us to encourage one another. Yes the preacher is allowed to encourage us. But there is no “one anothering” taking place.

1 Cor 14:26 NIV “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” A new testament church meeting should allow everyone to participate. God has placed in everyone of our hearts something to share with others. That is how we encourage each other. That is how the body of Christ edifies itself and grows in love.

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Why Do People Home Church?

By David M. Hebden
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The reasons that people “home church” are as diverse as the people who make up the gatherings. This is not an exhaustive explanation and will no doubt evolve as time goes on. These thoughts originated from responses to this question on HCDL.

Some of us simply came to the conclusion that home church is the pattern as revealed in the scripture for the church to meet and were metaphorically dragged from the traditional “church” kicking and screaming by our conscience and understanding of the scripture.

We found that we could no longer support being part of an organizational structure that was not supported in the scriptures.

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