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Timeless Apostolic Traditions — Practical Ideas

Baby Steps: Start slowly. Don’t try to have fully participatory meetings all at once. All during the week, when you hear a brother sharing about something the Lord has taught him, ask him to give a short (7 minute or less) sharing about it next Sunday in church. Work...

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Small Relational Churches — Practical Ideas

First-century Christians gathered almost exclusively in private homes. God used these house churches to turn the Roman world upside down.[1] Could He use small congregations today as strategically as He did early house churches? Small churches that do the types of...

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Elder Rule & Congregational Consensus — Practical Ideas

What is the advantage of following the early church’s approach to decision making? No matter who has the final authority to make decisions in your church, adopting early church attitudes can make the process both unifying and edifying. An important role of...

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The Lord’s Supper/Agapé — Practical Ideas

Starting Out: Consider beginning with a gradual phase in the Lord’s Supper as a weekly fellowship meal. For instance, celebrate it initially at your Sunday evening service. Then try it once a month on Sunday mornings. Perhaps make the meal optional at first; serve the...

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Participatory Worship — Practical Ideas

How could early church practice make your worship services more meaningful? Consider unleashing the laity. Ordinary believers regularly and significantly contributed to the corporate worship of the first-century church. This open format allowed those prompted by the...

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House Church Second Thoughts

 Meeting in a home for church clearly has biblical precedence. Given the right circumstances, a private home can still be an ideal setting for church meetings. The smaller, homey feel fosters genuine friendships. The Lord’s Supper celebrated as an actual meal in...

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New Family Life Series!

Family Relationships Families are the building blocks that make up the church.  Weak families make for a weak church. It is essential for couples to understand God’s plan for how husband and wife relate to each other as well as how they should bring up the children...

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