Philemon 1:2 …and to the church in your house
According to MacAuthur, regular church buildings like we know of today didn’t appear until the third century before that time churches met in people’s houses. I wonder if we have lost some of the intimacy that should be connected church, when we moved out of houses and into church buildings. When you invite someone into your home every week you are essentially inviting them into your lives because home is where you live. It’s where you are the most true, and I think it’s a little bit harder to be fake about who we really are in our homes. It’s much easier to convince others and possibly even yourself how much better you really are when you are not in your home but somewhere else. God intended for his church to be so close to one another that He compared it to a body. This is how close we are to work with one another; to feel for one another, to love each other as our selves. I wonder if having church in our house would help to cement that. Once upon a time, before my church had a real building we had small groups in people’s houses. We met once a week in different homes to eat, fellowship, and learn from God’s word. It did create a deep sense of intimacy with each other that is hard to duplicate anywhere else.