House Churches

Session 4

House Churches
Recorded:23 Aug 2007
Speaker:Eben Swart
Runtime:2h 18m 8s
Also available in: Afrikaans
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Contrary to the extra-biblical pastor-led institutional church, the elder-led house church model possesses a resounding biblical mandate in the New Testament. This DVD takes a closer look at how and why the institutional model of doing church has become obsolete in our time. It also discusses different existing house church models, highlighting their pro's and con's.


  • Part 1: The Traditional Church Format has become obsolete
    • So what's the problem?
      • Doctrinal Problems
        • Financial Problems
          • Spiritual Problems
            • Structural Problems
              • Authority Problems
              • A short History
                • Re-arranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic
                  • Changes in the Modern World
                    • The Reformation
                      • The Industrial Revolution
                        • The Communications Revolution
                          • Globalization
                            • The Information Explosion
                            • The Church's Attempts to reform
                            • The Foundational Problems
                              • The "Cathedral-and-Pastor" Concept
                                • The Empire Spirit
                                  • Jezebelic Foundations
                                    • False Authority
                                      • False Unity
                                        • Babylonian Unity
                                          • Unity in Jesus
                                          • The Spirit of Babylon
                                          • A Paradigm Shift: What needs to change?
                                            • The Advantages of a new Format
                                              • Salaries
                                                • Buildings
                                                  • Finances
                                                    • Involvedness
                                                      • Empoweredness
                                                        • Accountability
                                                          • Flexibility
                                                            • Holiness
                                                              • Poweredness
                                                              • The Challenges of a new Format
                                                                • Never getting out of Babylon
                                                                  • Responsibility
                                                                    • Doctrine
                                                                      • Finances
                                                                      • Part 2: Non-ideal Alternatives to the Traditional Church
                                                                        • The Megachurch
                                                                          • The Third-wave Movement
                                                                            • The Cell Church
                                                                              • The House Church (Getting it wrong)
                                                                                • Some House Church Sub-cultures
                                                                                  • The glorified Bible Study
                                                                                    • The special Interest Group
                                                                                      • The Personality Cult
                                                                                        • The Bless-me-Club
                                                                                          • The socially amorphous Party
                                                                                            • The disgruntled malcontent Society
                                                                                              • The unwritten Liturgy driven Church
                                                                                          • Part 3: A Healthy Alternative
                                                                                            • The Difference between House Churches and Cell (care group) Churches
                                                                                              • Independence
                                                                                                • Leadership
                                                                                                  • Leadership vs. Fatherhood
                                                                                                  • The ideal Dynamics of House Churches
                                                                                                    • How it all sticks together
                                                                                                      • The loose Structure
                                                                                                        • Apostles
                                                                                                          • Prophets
                                                                                                            • Evangelists
                                                                                                              • Pastors
                                                                                                                • Teachers
                                                                                                                  • Elders
                                                                                                                    • Finances
                                                                                                                • Part 4: The Way forward
                                                                                                                  • House Churches in China, USA and South Africa
                                                                                                                    • Who can start a House Church?
                                                                                                                      • First House Church Experiences
                                                                                                                        • The Church and the Future
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