Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Humble roots

That the ancient Waldensians often found shelter in huts and caves in remote valleys in the Cottian Alps is entirely in keeping with Jesus's Parable of the Mustard Seed.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds. But when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof" (Mark 4:30-34Luke 13:18-19).

All that is needed for the mustard seed to have a huge and widespreading historic legacy is
  • its members's obedience to the whole of the Word of God 
  • devoted worship of, and sole focus on, Jesus Christ 
  • courage 
  • mutual love and service 
  • commitment 
  • faith. 
Western Christianity church started with house churches. These were small groups of people native to the pagan Hellenistic world, often of Greek, North African or Jewish ethnicity. Many were slaves and/or women. They met to pray, read the Bible, support each other in love and take communion in the homes of their richer brethren.

The story of the house church at Antioch, which has had such a massive impact on the Western world, is retold here:

What we owe the church at Antioch

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