What a beautiful representation of how the early disciples lived out the way of Jesus: worshipping together, on mission together, and in community with one another. In the temple but also in their homes. In both their public life and in their private lives. There was a macro expression of the church gathering as well as micro expressions. There was an extended family of the faith that transcended any boundaries or barriers that would have traditionally held them back and kept Jews and Gentiles from coming together. It was counter- cultural. It was untraditional. It was beautiful.
We at the Greenhouse are so moved by this depiction of the early church that we are devoted to seeing this 1st century reality manifested in the 21st century church.
We recognize that it is not only the structure that brings life but a focus, love and desperation for Jesus. We understand that you can build it and they might not come, which is why we are not putting our trust in buildings, programs, or the newest church conference hype.
We are simply trying to reconnect with the ways the early church practiced radical, life-on-life discipleship that ended up changing our world forever.
It’s not that we are opposed to Sunday morning gatherings. If lost people are hearing about Jesus, followers of Jesus are being refreshed, and souls are being recalibrated with His rhythms, we celebrate. We don’t think that traditional weekend gatherings are a bad thing; we just don’t think they are the only thing.