Begin as an embryo.
Read: Matthew 18:20, Colossians 4:15
Jesus made it crystal clear…HE values even 2 or 3 who have gathered in His Name. Not only is HE present with them, HE makes HIS power available to them.
There probably weren’t too many more than that gathered at the church in Nympha’s home. How big could her 1st century home have been…perhaps the size of one room in many houses today? A healthy group would have been 8 to 12…small by how we “picture” church. But this was the kind of church that spread across the Roman Empire like a fresh wind for 300 years. Just “Nympha” churches everywhere!
The “green” church meets in a suburban middle class city park parking lot of the Dallas metro area. For over a decade they have come, rain or shine, dressed warm or cool like they would for a football game. Many bring chairs or sit on a vehicle, or maybe a curb. Grandparents, young adults, kids and babies all show up to be Christ’s Body together…usually 10 to 15, sometimes 20 or more, but they started with four.
Yes, they do worship and share the ups and downs of life. Yes, they dialogue about a Bible passage together and share what it means to them. They bring food, or clothes, or cash to give away every week. Someone often shares about their own journey to finding Christ, and they go to a pool to baptize. The church is in their “gathered hearts”…when they leave the parking lot the church goes with them into their homes, jobs, and neighborhoods.
Yes, it is embryonic, powerful, and transforming…it is touching lives that have not been on any Christian leader’s radar, ever.