in the New Testament
for the use of “House Church.”
Acts 2:46, Rom.16.5, 1 Cor. 16:19, Col.4:15, Ph’m. 2
People Work: “The
work of the people.”
“A prescribed form or set of forms for public Christian
ceremonies or ritual.
sacrament of the Eucharist.
(Late Latin litugia, from Greek
leitourgos, public servant: leos,
(variant of laos) + ergon, work.”
Heritage Dictionary of the English Language”
steps in Early Church Ministry.
they that gladly received his word (1), were
baptized: and the same day there were added unto them
about three thousand souls.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s
doctrine (2), and fellowship (3),
and in breaking of bread (4), and in prayers
fear came upon every soul (6),
and many wonders and signs (7), were
done by the apostles.
And all that believed were together, and had all
things common; And
sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all
men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the
temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat
their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
praising God, and having favor with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as
should be saved.”.
Lord Jesus set Himself as the center,
the bread and wine, as the central theme for when
His Church comes together. In coming together the primary directive was to have
fellowship with Him in the Holy Spirit.
We are to bring ourselves to Him to enjoy His
presence and for His use in the building of the Church.
All honor, glory and praise belong to Him.
He is the Creator-God made flesh.
When we come together it is for the express purpose
of meeting Him and allowing Him in the Holy Spirit to flow
through us to meet the needs of each other in Him.
There is no other purpose for The Church.
It is not to become a mutual admiration society, a
social club or an expensive entertainment theater.
Stones of Faith for a House Church ministry.
Reference points of N.T. Fellowship, Acts 2:38-47
7 Stations of the O.T. Tabernacle, Exod.27:1
|1. Gate of
||The Door of the
||Songs of Joy*
|2. Altar of
||Songs of Praise*
|3. Lavor of
||Songs of Praise*
|4. Bread of
||Songs of Worship*
|5. Censor of
||Songs of worship*
|6. Menorah of
Reverence, Body Life Ministry
||Songs of the Holy
|7. Ark of His
||Holy presence of
||A touch of heaven
and Songs of the Church*
should be woven into the fabric of the seven steps to
support and to facilitate.
Music should never be for the purpose of
entertainment or for the personal praise of the musician
during the liturgy.
It is best if the musicians are not up front but
are an integral part of the total assemble of believers
who are also bringing their gifts to the King of Kings.
Gate of His Kingdom
first step would be to enjoy some songs of joy in coming
would come bringing friends, food gifts to be shared with
others, wine, bread, oil, water and whatever the Lord led
them to bring. Any gifts of money* would be placed in a box by the door to
be later dedicated to the Lord’s use.
In this introduction to the Kingdom the thought
should be centered in
personal testimonies and other means of presenting the
Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus here should be upon the ministry of our Lord in
Salvation, Sealing (baptism by water) and the empowering
of the Holy Sprit for the work of the ministry.
Jesus Christ is the "Door,” the only door,
into His kingdom as the ultimate free gift of God.
Repentance from dead works and Faith in
Jesus as Christ and Lord, Baptism in
separation/sealing from the world and the Empowering
of the Holy Spirit. If
any would come into this Gate into His Kingdom, the books
of their hearts and lives must be opened to God.
Under grace, all is the Lord's and when we come to
God and join His Kingdom it must be with open hands and
must truly renounce our citizenship in the cursed and
carnal world that we live in.
Roman’s 10:9‑10, Acts 2:38-39.
In the Early church this would be the beginning of
a time of fellowship.
These seven steps have no time factor or weight as
to importance. The
main concern is to walk with and stay in the Holy Spirit.
Let the anointing of the Holy Spirit take precedent
at all times as you proceed through the seven steps.
This is a time of challenge for folks to reach for
the Kingdom vision and to embrace the Kingdom for
is a time of decision to change sides in the eternal
battle of darkness and light; a time to become a citizen
of heaven and a warrior in the eternal Kingdom of the Lord
Jesus Christ. This
is a time to consider setting aside self centeredness and
should include songs of joy of the Church.
This is a wonderful time for the saints to share
their victory in Jesus with testimonies and praise.
Alter of Death
eternal law is fulfilled under and by grace.
This time is for "Apostles Doctrine"
& understanding of our Lord’s New Testament (Will).
The Altar of death, "Not my will but Thine O
is the place
of death for the carnal nature.
The Tabernacle Altar was the place where the blood
of the sacrifice was shed a place of death. The altar is not only symbolic of the Lamb of God that would
die for the sins of the world but we also, as sinners, are
represented in the death as well. 1 Cor.3:15
This may take time and much “Apostolic
Doctrine,” to gain access but there our flesh begins the
process of being crucified with Christ.
8:12-13, Gal.5:24, Rom.6:6-23, John 12:24-25
At this time the Holy Scriptures would be read and
the prophetic words of God’s ministers given.
There would be time for interaction and lively open
communications. This is the time for prophetic teaching.
Sometimes it may be to reprove, rebuke and exhort
(2Tim.4:2) and at other times it may be for edification,
exhortation and comfort, 1Cor.14:3.
Again the key here is to be sure that this time is
precious and all who say things in public should be
careful to speak only as the Holy Sprit gives the
should be a forum and totally open to questions and
support from others, 1Cor.14:26-33. This is a time for the Saints to be challenged to die to the
world, the flesh and the devil, and to be crucified with
Christ, Gal.2:20. This
is the time for personal repentance and a challenge toward
a holy life in Christ through the power of the Holy
Spirit, Rom.8:6-14. Music
should include songs of praise.
Lavor of Peace
"Unity in Fellowship,” the parts of the body
of Christ here are being brought together as the results
of the washing of the word.
Open fellowship reconciliation and restoration are
included as preparations are made for His Supper.
This mystery was also evident when Jesus washed his
disciples in the form of foot washing just prior to the
last supper prior to his crucifixion.
This is the time for the exchange of the Peace and
the place of personal reconciliations. In the measure that we forgive we are set free.
We are told, "Beware lest a root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many are
defiled.", Heb.12:15, 1 Cor.11:28-33, Matt.18:15-20,
Lk.17: 3-4, Matt.5: 22-24, Psalm 133.
This is a time of fellowship with a light shared
meal, foot washing as lead by the Holy Spirit.
Mostly this would be a time of preparation for The
Lord’s Supper. Be
sure to make this a time for healing, repentance,
forgiveness and absolution. 1Cor.12.
This is a time to cement the unity of the Church in
the bond of peace. A
time for the songs of Worship of the Church
in the O.T. Tabernacle this step was represented by
the Laver or Basin of water used by the priests to wash
their hands. It
was also large enough for the baptism by immersion of
gentile converts into the family of Israel in Solomon’s
John was actually using our Lord Jesus as a pillow at the
last supper. There
should be one mind and one spirit enjoyed among the Saints
in any preparation for the Lord’s Supper.
Non-Christians and non believers should be
cautioned to not partake of the Lord’s Supper due to the
potential for God’s judgement, 1 Cor. 11:28-32.
This is a time for being fitly joined together in
brotherly love, Eph.4:11-16.
Hearts should by now be coming alive in faith to
break bread with our Lord, He said He would be there in a
special way through His Holy Spirit, Luke 24:35,
A declaration of absolution should be ministered to
the fellowship at this time by the presiding elder, John
should include songs of praise of the church and begin the
songs of worship of the Church.
Bread of His Presence
Lords Supper" is set aside by our Lord to experience
His real presence in His forever family. It is to this
family that we must become committed into the fellowship
of His suffering. To
share in the same loaf and to drink of the same cup at His
Table of Covenant is to commit to those with which we
share of these same elements with each other and Our Lord
Jesus Christ. Our
Lord set apart these elements as spiritually being His
body that was broken for our healing and His blood that
was shed for our redemption.
This experience is the very heart beat of the
1 Cor.10:17 At
the end of this time the worship would continue and go
into general prayers.
At this point in the O.T. one would be entering the
Holy Place in the Tabernacle and this 4st Step would lead
to the Table of Shew Bread, representing the Bread of
Lord has taken this bread and through breaking it compared
it with His body broken for us and then asked us to feed
on Him in our hearts by faith.
This in the New Testament is the time when we
identify with Him, renew our vows in His Kingdom and enter
into His presence by the Holy Spirit.
This time will become a time of deep communion with
the Lord and His forever family for His directions for our
past is forgiven, the future is in His hands.
This is the time of His love and fellowship in and
through His Church. It is a time for believing faith in His mystical and holy
presence to begin to be experienced among the believers.
The Lords Supper may be very simple or may include
worship of any kind.
This is an excellent time for personal hands on
prayer to be giving to those who are receiving communion.
Censors of Prayer:
call at this step is to intercede for the people of
Israel, Rulers and for the gentiles that are to come to
the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.
It is the time to confirm the Kingdom of God and to
destroy the strongholds of evil.
A time to raise up the banner of righteousness.
Since we have waited upon God for the revelation of
His will, it is understood that the prayers that follow
will be answered since the requests are clearly within the
will of God. Angels
will act on our behalf in bringing about the answer and do
battle against the fallen angels in the war for the souls
of our friends, children and all mankind.
Prayers are to be directed toward The Heavenly
Father in Jesus name.
As the censor of incense in the O.T. was the next
feature in the tabernacle so too the General Prayers of
the Saints are offered at this time such as: Our Lord’s
Kingdom on earth, for
the peace of Jerusalem and the nations of the world,
national leadership in the world governments,
families of the church, revival for our nation and
the nations of the world, those who are ill and in other
places, missionaries of the church in other locations,
children of the church and world, leadership in the Church
of Jesus Christ, House Churches across the nation, China
and the world. Prayer
should include the Health and Financial support for the
families in the ministry.
This is a time set aside for the fellowship to be
one mind and one spirit in support of the Kingdom of Jesus
our Lord prayed, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven.”
It would be fitting to pray through the Lord’s
example of prayer at this time.
That is to consider each basic thought of His
teaching to the Disciples as a point of reference in
touching things by prayer in our world today.
Continue with songs of worship in support.
Menorah of Revelation
are now directed toward the need of the Saints by the
Holy Spirit will now begin to move the Saints into
spiritual unity through prayer and revelation.
The Scriptures speak of the seven eyes of God and
the seven spirits of God that are in the earth show His
are the 1) Spirit of
the Lord, 2) the Spirit of Wisdom, 3) the Spirit of
Understanding, 4) the Spirit of Counsel, 5) the Spirit of
Might, 6) the Spirit of Knowledge and 7) the Spirit of the
Fear of the Lord (Isaiah. 11:2).
This is a time for the beginning of the release of
"Body Life Ministry" a "Holy
saints here are to begin to pray for one another and to
expect the Gift’s of the Holy Spirit to begins to be
released for individual needs as heart faith is achieved
and activated. Acts
At this point, faith should begin to be generated
for the release of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit under
the anointing of God.
This is a time for young Christians to reach out
and grow in their callings under the guidance of the
is not a time for confusion but of order and discipline in
the Holy Spirit for the building of the ministries of the
Saints and the building of the House Church. This should become a highly joyful time in which the essence
and presence of the Holy Spirit is very evident in
confirming the Word with signs following.
Songs of praise, worship and of the Holy Spirit
would be very supportive at this time.
Ark of His Power
Ministry of Elders" to the Lord in the Holy Place.
Eph. 4:11‑16, 1 Cor. 14.
In this final step, believers have come in the door
to where the Tabernacle of God is with men.
With Christ centered hearts, believers have set
Christ first, have
been washed by the word,
forgiven all who have offended and established
heart peace, sat
at the table with our Lord,
have then prayed at the sensor of intercessions for
His will, submitted to the Spirit of revelation of His
all are clean and ready to enter the Holy of Holies and to
be in HIS presence. It
is here that His “friends” can have true heart
communion and fellowship with each other and our God.
Here all, in freedom and abandon can worship him
and are raised into the heavenly to view earth from where
Jesus, The Christ, sits and rejoice as a joint heir with
Him in His Kingdom. This
is the time for the ministry of the Elders for any
remaining needs, a time of deep spiritual fellowship,
songs of joy and words of peace.
Acts 2:38, Eph.
4:11‑16, 1 Cor. 14.
the manuscript of the Book of Acts, written by St. Luke,
this was an exciting time in which the Elders
(Apostles) were given great authority for “Mighty Signs
& Wonders”. This
is the last of the seven steps of fellowship it is the
time for ministry to the deep needs of the Church.
Many should go home with glowing reports of God’s
presence, love and healing.
As a result of this time of victory the House
Church will grow with
lightening speed. Read
the Book of Acts, their word went throughout the known
world at that time very quickly due to signs following and
confirming the word that was spoken. In the O.T. this
time would be compared to going into the “Holy of
Holies” in the Tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness.
The Holy Spirit should be given the opportunity at
this time to make a clean sweep of all of the needs found
in the House Church fellowship through the Elders,
Acts 5:16. This
is an excellent time for songs of worship, songs in the
Spirit, songs of the Church, and the old hymns that we
seldom sing anymore but have profound thoughts of our
Lord. At the
end of this time there should be a
benediction by the presiding elder.
This is where the living stones can be fitly joined
consider that these seven steps will take some time to
flow together. Also
the steps each week may not have the same weight. Some weeks the Holy Spirit will amplify one step and the next
week perhaps another.
One week may be for salvation and another week may
be for fellowship. The vision is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide those present
through each of the seven markers in the “Keys To The
steps are not to become a “Program” they are road
markers so that we will not loose our way into His
wonderful presence, Isaiah 35:8 (read 3-10 for context).