Biblical Foundation For Modern Day House Church Planting by Kola De Klerk

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Introduction

A pivotal moment in history set the course of Christianity for millennia. This moment is characterized by Christ Jesus standing on a mountain or high place outside Jerusalem as He addresses a handful of faithful disciples gathered around Him.

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20, English Standard Version, 2014 Crossway USA).

The disciples, who had witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion, were in awe and euphoria to see Him alive and speaking to them. His words still echo today, just as fresh as if spoken yesterday.

This historical moment occurred nearly 2,000 years ago, but the profound commandment Jesus gave that day remains as relevant as ever. The first disciples followed His directive, as did each generation after them. Today, it is our turn to obey Jesus.

Since that moment, believers have been evangelizing, campaigning, and planting churches worldwide. They have also been teaching people how to become disciples of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and the Promised One sent by God to reconcile the world to Him.

Something to Ponder

After two millennia, it’s time to re-evaluate our progress. Johan Carstens’ book, “The Ecclesia of Jesus,” illustrates that while the Christian faith is indeed growing, it may not be growing rapidly enough. Presently, approximately 32% of the world’s population identifies as Christian, with Islam at 18%, Hinduism at 12%, and Buddhism at 7%.

Although the church is experiencing notable growth, it’s essential to recognize that roughly twice as many people are born each day as those who accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour. This suggests that the methods traditionally employed by believers to share Christ’s message have become insufficient.