What’s this new movement within Christianity?
…if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15, NIV
With the advent of our current technological age has come with it an overwhelming need to find peace amidst the chaos. Our lives, our relationships, our interests are now fraught with never before experienced complexity and confusion. Within this confusion is a growing movement finding simple truth through Holy Spirit-filled small groups.
This movement is not localized, it is actually global. It is not a new concept, but the result of the original movement over 2000 years ago. It was the period after the death of Jesus Christ, when the Holy Spirit descended upon believers and the gospel of Jesus Christ began to spread. So threatened by the power of this movement local authorities used every means possible to stop its proliferation. If it were a movement made of man it might have been squelched at some point, but it was and still is a movement growing to every corner of the earth.
This movement to come together in unity through Jesus Christ in the form of small group meetings and House Churches, both domestically and abroad is creating a growing shift in global thinking. The Home Church movement in the US, as described by the HomeChurchMovement.com , is taking the very large churches and breaking them into smaller units to deal with the personal issues of our daily lives through the power of the Holy Spirit, as ascribed by Jesus Christ.
Overseas, the House Church Movement is springing up in some of the most oppressed areas of the world. Despite arrest and the threat of death, House Churches are growing in countries as anti-Christian as Iran. The Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN.com, reports in their video on House Churches Growing in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is so threatened by the House Church movement in Iran that he is making it his chief aim to stop the this movement of Christianity. He is more intimidated by these small groups than the organized Christian churches currently allowed in his country.
What makes this movement so powerful?
The simplicity of the love that is Jesus Christ is the center of this movement. There is no need for debate of theological beliefs and ideologies because the needs are personal and the answer is undisputedly simple. It is the one dynamic that is bringing nations together when all else has failed.
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