Who Leads The Church? – Acts 8:1

question.jpg“And all except the Apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.”

The church is young and persecuted.  The people scatter and begin meeting in their houses scattered throughout the Judea and Samaria.  However, the Scripture makes clear that the apostles didn’t scatter.  The church scattered but the apostles stayed.  How did the church survive without their “leaders”?  The church didn’t die because it wasn’t dependent upon the “Sr. Pastor” to be there to spoon feed it.  It thrived in homes led by elders overseen by the apostles in Jerusalem. 

Who preached the sermons? Who led “worship”?  Who organized the children’s church and the youth ministry?  Who protected the doctrine and kept the “baptists, charismatics, the liberals or conservatives the pharisees and the saducees” and their influence out?  Who did visitation and house calls?  How did the church grow in a house without ordained clergy?  who led the house churches?

How did they survive Saul?  Acts 8:3 says, “Saul began to destroy the church.  Going from house to house he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.” 

What do you think and have our systems and structures helped or hindered the “making of true disciples”?

Have we relegated and surrendered much of what “the church” is called to do to the “pastor” and paid protector and propigator of the church?


3 thoughts on “Who Leads The Church? – Acts 8:1

  1. I have believed for a long time that one of the greatest weakness of the Church has been the internalizing of its mission. The Church has grown more in foreign lands as new converts have a zeal to win others. I also believe we have failed to respond to Paul’s message in Romans 12:1-2. There is to little self sacrifice and to much attention given to the world to even know that God’s will might be the individual.

  2. It is interesting that in the first century church that the apostles weren’t always there, but were moving around just like Jesus did when he was preaching the gospel. From what we read in 1 Cor 14: everyone was involved in their gathering togather – it was a matter of just one person preaching to the congregation – but rather all took part and shared together. When everyone is responsible to share bread it helps all to grow. I’ve written more on this at http://housechurchesandapostles.blogspot.com/p/worship-service-in-first-century_6941.html

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