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The House Church Book: Rediscover the Dynamic, Organic, Relational, Viral Community Jesus Started

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In a world where the church is being ignored, it is time to bring the church to the people, and not the people to the church, says researcher and church strategy consultant Wolfgang Simson. His book Houses that Change the World (originally published in the UK) is widely recognized as a classic of the house church movement. Now revised as The House Church Book, this definit ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by BarnaBooks (first published 2009)
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J. Bill
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I had great hopes for this book but it's just horrid and unhelpful. Its scope is as small as its premise -- and is far from "dynamic, organic, relational, viral" and "Jesus" (to quote the cover). There's a mean-spirit about this book -- criticising and dismissive of all other expressions of what it means to be church. And the author's "biblical" premises for his positions seem to me as if he's reading some other Bible than mine. I finally put it down in disgust. And it'll be one of the few books ...more
Hanif Maragh
not what I expected

The information is good, but I was looking more for some practical advice on starting house churches. What this book is about is how great house churches are. I understand that there is not a single method as to how to begin, however to be given absolutely nothing to start with is a little frustrating. There are some cool examples and things I would use, but most of this is theory only. My issue is that we've already purchased the book, we already have been sold as to the mode
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Nathan Anderson
May 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Its amazing how someone can get caught up in their own little pet issue and interpret all of Christian history in light of that. Very unbalanced
Stanley Jebb
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
There is much good in this book, but it is. Marred by the author’s insistence on present day apostles and prophets, and his undiscerning obsession with charisma is.
Tim Beck
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
i found this book to be easily digested, easily read and easily understood. Wolfgang Simson has written, perhaps, the quintessential book on the House Church. Simson shows the simple side of the house church movement - a movement he suggest pre-dates what we currently know as church. with roots in the early, new testament era churches - the house church can be a movement that grows 'sideways' (as he puts it) rather than upward. house churches can also be low cost churches, small in size and stat ...more
Kim
This is yet another book that confirms the spiritual path that God is putting me on. It all makes so much sense, but as the author describes so well, it is hard to embrace simple truths that contradict the complicated tradition we have been taught for thousands of years. I definitely appreciated Simson's explanation of the phases of going from being content in the passive church setting to going into the wilderness and detoxing alone so that we can go to a participatory, active faith. I have exp ...more
Xavier
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've read most of the house church authors and this is the best. It dispassionately lays out all the reasons why Christianity needs to embrace the house church without too much animosity for institutional church or highbrow intellectual arguments like Frank Viola's books tend to contain. It's also more readable and concise than some of the "organic church" books out there, which tend to be in love with their nifty buzzword more than the cross of calvary.
Jason
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
If you are interested in the house churches, this is probably worth checking out but I wasn't that impressed with it.

It is a great introduction but kind of bland and wasn't really exciting to me. It didn't really push me to start a house church because it merely informed of what they are and what they typically look like.
Sean-david
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simson has written a compelling call to house church planting. There is some really beautiful and thoughtful discussion here around the mission of God and making disciples. By no means do I agree with all of Simson's theology, but am thankful for this book and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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Ben Smitthimedhin
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Big fan of house churches. Not a fan of this book at all. Simpson seems to contradict himself multiple times throughout. He advocates passionately for the house church model, but there is a chapter solely devoted to "Hey, let's stop trying to copy models and let the Holy Spirit lead us to creativity!" Meanwhile, he bashes every other kind of church that's not his model (congregational, mega, cell, etc.)... too bad they were trying to be creative, am I right?
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