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How to Meet in Homes [Paperback]

By Gene Edwards (Author)
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Pages   135
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   SeedSowers
ISBN  0940232537  
EAN  9780940232532  

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This book is an invitation to revolution! Warning: Do not read this book if you enjoy Sunday morning church services! This book is for those believers, be they Catholic, Protestant, Conservatives, Fundamentalists, or Pentecostal/Charismatics who want to utterly abandon it all, from top to bottom, and start over in a way that is a revolutionary, radical departure from all present-day church practices.

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Warning: Do not read this book if you enjoy Sunday morning church services

This book is for those believers, be they Catholic, Protestant, Conservatives, Fundamentalists, or Pentecostal/Charismatics who want to utterly abandon it all, from top to bottom, and start over in a way that is a revolutionary, radical departure from all present-day church practices.

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More About Gene Edwards

Gene Edwards Gene Edwards is one of America's most beloved Christian authors. He has published over 25 best-selling books, and his signature work, "The Divine Romance," has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature. He has written biblical fiction covering nearly the entire Bible, with titles that include the following: "The Beginning," "The Escape," "The Birth," "The Divine Romance," "The Triumph," "Revolution," "The Silas Diary," "The Titus Diary," "The Timothy Diary," "The Priscilla Diary," "The Gaius Diary," and "The Return."

Gene grew up in the East Texas oil fields and entered college at the age of 15. He graduated from East Texas State University at 18 with a bachelor's degree in English history and received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes rather than in church buildings. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life.

Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.

Gene Edwards currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Florida. Gene Edwards was born in 1932.

Gene Edwards has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Chronicles of Heaven
  2. First Century Diaries
  3. First-Century Diaries (Seedsowers)
  4. Inspirational S
  5. Introduction to the Deeper Christian Life
  6. Library of Spiritual Classics

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half way decent book  Jan 19, 2012
while concerned about denominational "Christianity", he poorly explains his reasons. One of his protegees who has eclipsed him is Frank Viola who makes a better case with more history and better bibliography in both Pagan Christianity? The roots of our church practices, and Re-imagining Church: Pursing the dream of Organic Christianity. Edwards may have been a former ordained Southern Baptist pastor, but his arguments pale against Viola who has become more popular. How to meet in Homes really doesn't describe how to do it or really why one should do it.
Valid But Excessive  Sep 28, 2006

Having been interested in "house churches" for some time, I purchased the book: "How to Meet in Homes."

My recommendation: If you want a Gene Edwards book that will edify, either buy: "A Tale of Three Kings" or "The Prisoner in the Third Cell."

While both of these books are helpful and edifying, there is very little helpful or edifying about: "How to Meet in Homes."

Basically, Mr. Edwards never answers the question, only reiterating over and over again, the evils of the modern church service.

May I therefore remind everyone reading my review: The very fact that Mr. Edwards would criticize the way a church meets is an example of hypocrisy.

If the church is to choose for itself how to gather and fellowship (as Mr. Edwards so readily declares), you then cannot deem any particular form or fashion as being wrong.

This is very sad.
Passionate. Insightful. Persuasive. Historical.  Jul 16, 2006
"How to Meet in Homes" is mis-titled. It should read: "Why to Meet in Homes". Edwards spends very little time talking about the "how" but a great deal of time and passion talking about the "why".

The modern Protestent church with its rituals and traditions is a legacy of, mostly, John Calvin. The strict protocols and meeting format he intituted for "the church" 500 years ago remain essentially unchanged today. And Edwards argues it has caused the church experience to be incredibly boring, irrelevant to real worship and service, and in general, a mortifying experience.

The proper conduct of the "Church" can best be found, he says, in the new testatment and in the first century when believers and church planters met in homes and shared their faith, their lives, and a risen Christ. Not in lomg rows of pews facing the stage and central actor (professional clergy) watching the show.
He traces the growth of the early church through Philippi, Corinth, and Ephesus drawing a pattern of success for today's believers.

Interesting, since Edwards wrote this book, 20 million Christians (according to George Barna) have foresaken the boredom of church in America for home churches, outside ministry, and small groups outside of established
inflammatory, there are better books out there on the subject  May 18, 2006
The things that most struck me was the book was more "attacking" than setting up positive models. I found the language to be quite inflammatory and harsh. This made it very unpleasant to read.

For a much better book on house-churches, try "Houses that change the world" by Wolfgang Simson.
Thought-provoking book on being the Church  Jul 23, 2005
In Gene Edwards' usual style, he causes you to rethink what you may believe about Christianity. He brings Christ back into the Church in this revolutionary work on being the Church. I am only 1/3 of the way through it but I can't wait to finish it and begin applying what I've learned from him. A must read for any Christian who knows there must be more to being a Christian than just "going to church."
Thought provoking, but undisciplined  Jul 13, 2005
The author has a lot of interesting things to say, although this is not a well-written book. He far from ignorant, but lacks discipline. He asserts much, but doesn't argue it, or even so much as cite a verse, so the reader can check up on him. He repeats a lot, and pounds points into the ground. The whole book has a strident, put-this-in-your-pipe-and-smoke-it tone, which is unnecessary. But again I emphasize, this author has a lot of interesting things to say, and at least he says it without pulling any punches. Most of the author's points can be summarized as follows:

1. Traditional Sunday morning church services (of any stripe) are mind-numingly boring, useless, and without any New Testament justification. They are also positively harmful, rendering the many passive observers.

2. Congregations must be allowed to find their own manner of meeting, without interference by any leadership.

3. (House-) Churches should be planted by itinerant church planters / apostles, who stay for a short time - a few months to no more than a few years, with infrequent visits thereafter. This is the ONLY correct and workable way for an assembly to begin, according to our author. Why? "It is just God's way." (p. 129)

4. The standard evangelical church service derives from John Calvin, who was a murderous mini-dictator.

5. Everyone there should participate in Christian meetings, which should be spontaneous and of infinite variety.

As he says, despite the title, this is in no way a how-to manual, but rather a call for revolution. Better title: Institutional Church Services Suck, and There's Something Better for Christians to Do. Bizarrely, after all the ranting, a few sparse pages of practical adivce are given, and then at the very end of the book, the reader is instructed to order one of the author's audio tapes.

This is a decent book, I think, for people coming from a traditional church background, who are starting to think about the possibility of being in an autonomous house church. It is an easy read. Those looking for something more systematic or practical should look elsewhere.

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