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So You Want to Start a House Church?: First-Century Styled Church Planting For Today [Paperback]

By Frank Viola (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2005
Publisher   DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN  0966665759  
EAN  9780966665758  

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The fourth book in Frank Viola's series on radical church reform, So You Want to Start a House Church? is a fresh and compelling look at church planting, apostolic ministry, and spiritual training for Christian service. Some have called it the most comprehensive Biblical exposition on church planting available in print. Combining both insight and foresight, So You Want to Start a House Church? calls for a drastic paradigm shift in today's practice of the church, church planting, and the preparation for spiritual service. Amid the plethora of books on "church planting" and "apostles" that crowd book shelves today, this penetrating work is unique, challenging, and at the same time practical. In addition, it combines two rare elements: Spiritual depth and New Testament scholarship. Whether you are a pastor, missionary, house church leader, church planter, scholar, or someone that desires to be part of a first-century expression of church life, this book is for you.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. His blog,, is ranked in the top ten of all Christian blogs on the Web today. He ministers to people all over the world from Florida.
Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than sixteen nonfiction and fiction books. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult childhood full of neglect, abuse, and familial dysfunction to become a living example of what it means to live uncaged. She lives in Texas with her family.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Historical Theory and Future Compass  Jan 16, 2007
I have been so indoctrinated in the institutional church's version of history, the bible, and my role in the church that I didn't know I was off base. The hippie in me knew there was more, but as I grew older, I lost my way in the church program. This book helped me rise above the fog, find my bearings, and set my new course. Honor the old, search for the new. Turns out, I feel ashamed of the new and now search for the old. Great book for perspective and vision.
Some good thoughts  Oct 6, 2006
Although it is obvious that the author is really seeking God with a pure heart and has brought up some points that are rarely seen in Christian literature, he is missing a few key points.

First, although you will often see mentioned in the New Testament "the church that meets at" a particular brother's or sister's house, the only time a church is ever mentioned by name is by the city in which it is located...the Church in Philadelphia, the Church in Smyrna, etc. Paul even criticizes the brothers and sisters who go around saying "I am of Paul" and "I am of Silas". They are all of Christ, and none other. The above-defined ground of the church keeps, in practicality, the genuine oneness of the church both locally and universally (Eph. 4:3), without any division. This is the only way to avoid today's situation of division and confusion among the members of Christ. The local churches should be the many expressions in many localities of the one Body of Christ. A concaphony of many different networks of Christians meeting in various homes, as pure of heart as those Christians may be, is just not part of God's eternal purpose.

In summary, this is a good first read for someone transitioning out of denominational thinking. However, I highly recommend "The Normal Christian Church Life" by Watchman Nee for further thought on the big picture and God's real desire - the believers expressing Christ for the building up of the Church. The book is available for viewing online for free.
Truth to be reckoned with  Apr 11, 2006
This is an astounding work. Viola speaks to the church with a broken heart. It is heavily endowed with rich biblical and supplemental scholarship. His presentation is not wooden theology but life-giving substance for those seeking a greater experience with Christ in a corporate NT church setting.

He argues that a paradigm shift ought to occur in the church if real fruit will be produced in the lives of believers. Viola also warns against house movements that have simply become glorified bible studies, bless me clubs, special interest groups and so on.

As with any good Christian writer he points the believer to Christ and not himself. After reading this book you feel liberated to seek more of God!

Get this book and be changed in a deep and permanent way.

It is a tremendous tribute and asset to the kingdom of God.
best book on church planting available  Nov 10, 2003
This is the most thorough work on church planting that I have ever read. The insights are wonderful and it is very well written. Highly recommended.

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