The name was born out of a few significant convictions.
The home (house) is the place where family reside and where people can truly see our lives. We desire to live open lives inviting people into our lives and into our homes! We have a saying at Crowded House Church, “invite people into your life before you invite them to church”. The gospel must come alive in our homes for it to truly impact our world.
The early church started in public places of worship but also grew rapidly through the church gathering in people’s homes. It’s often recorded that these homes got quite crowded as God added to the church and people eagerly gathered around God’s word.
In Acts 20:7-9 we see Paul stop off in Troas on his way to Jerusalem. Paul gathers with the saints for Sunday worship (the first recorded Sunday worship in Acts) and they break bread (take communion), and he preaches the word until midnight (let none of us complain about long sermons again).
With a touch of humour, it’s recorded that Eutychus falls out of the 3rd story window to his death. Presumably the room was so full that he took up the only space available. Paul goes down and raises him from the dead and then continues to preach until daybreak.
There are a few wonderful encouragements for us from this passage:
Paul GATHERED with the saints in someone’s home – us gather as saints in each other’s homes.
Paul’s passion for teaching the word is met by their desire to hear the word taught so Paul continues throughout the night – let us be equally eager for God’s truth.
Our humanity is displayed in Eutychus’s slumber, but God’s power is displayed in his resurrection – let us remember that we are human and weak, but God is strong and able.
They all enjoy a meal together the next morning and when Paul departs everyone is deeply encouraged in the Lord – let us live our lives to encourage one-another in the Lord.
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to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ
At Crowded House we have a desire to be people who are:
Devoted to Jesus
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
Matthew 22:37-38 ESV
Devoted to one another
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:39 ESV
Committed to reaching the world
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”