What is the doctrine of the house church?
We believe the core Christian beliefs could be defined in this way:
1. The Bible is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
2. Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16) and is God (John 1:1).
3. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).
4. Jesus was crucified to pay the penalty for our sins, then rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
5. We are saved by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8–9), when we repent of our sins (Acts 2:38), believe Jesus died to pay for our sins (Romans 10:9), and commit to live for him (2 Corinthians 5:15).
6. At salvation, we have new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), the Holy Spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and our faith will be demonstrated by good deeds (James 2:24).
7. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus, not a religion (John 15:5).
Does every house church have the same doctrine?
Not all house churches will have the same doctrine. The creators of this website see these as important doctrines for a follower of Jesus. However, there is no way to keep track of the doctrinal statement of all house churches. We are not a part of a denomination. We do not require people to sign a statement in order to become a member. In fact, this website is not designed to keep all house churches together. The purpose of this website is to help believers who are leaving the institutional church find some answers to how church ought to be.
How does the house church keep the same doctrine if it multiplies many times?
There are many forms of house church networks. Some will focus on being centralized whereas some will be more decentralized. There are advantages and disadvantages of each. A disadvantage of a decentralized model is difficulty in keeping the same doctrine when churches multiply. The advantage of the decentralized model is that heresy only affects one church, not the whole network.