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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Just came back earlier from the discussion on house church issue, with my wife, hair stylist and another brother from the group that meet in the east. So altogether, there were four of us talking about church life issue right in the middle of Arab Street (one of the food stalls).

It happened that this other brother raised alot of familiar questions which I also asked myself two years back, and it brings me back to memory when I first doubted the house church. And what patience another brother, from a local house church, exhibited when sharing the house church principles with me back then.

As one who is keen on theology, applications (including church practices) and organization behaviour, I became more open towards house church, in search for the biblical church model, if any. Certainly not every denominations and non-denominations can be right on this church issue at the same time when they are all advocating different theories, so I thought.

Apparently, I was later convinced and convicted (if you may, by the Holy Spirit) that the Scripture contains divine principles in regards to church meetings/gatherings, as opposed to some who claimed that God had left that to us to run His Church the way we like it to be!

In actual fact, most would readily acknowledge that there are principles revealed in the Scripture in regards to church life, just that we differs on our interpretations and thus applications. So the real concern is, which is right?

This conviction on house church deepens daily as I continue to read books by house church advocates, church history and (of course) the Scripture. Interactions with other believers from different walks and non-believers, in the course of my work and after work, also serve as a mean to confirm my understanding on the issue at hand.

Coming back to our discussion tonight, we changed our location twice because Arab Street was so noisy due to the crowd, before we found ourselves a place in Bugis for conversation of better quality. Through this incident, it was as if God spoke to me that He will see us through the transitional phase of turning away from the place where pagan practices are deeply rooted to the promised land of biblical practices in relation to church life. Amen.

To put things in perspective, tonight's meeting is only a beginning. We would have to share more on such issues to the rest of the group that meets in the east, so they could better understand and participate in the Kingdom of God. I pray that they will open their hearts and minds to You, the Most High, and that we may share the topic by the power of the Gospel. To God be the glory.

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