New Testament Church Proliferation Digest

Spreading the Gospel via House Churches

NT Church Proliferation Digest Sunday, July 7 2002 Volume 02 : Number 115
Re: [NTCP] The magical mystical tour continues week after week on ntcp.
[NTCP] Lighthouse Movement
Re: [NTCP] Lighthouse Movement
[NTCP] Scarce a dry eye among the Indians

Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 22:50:54 -0400
From: jferris <jferris154 * mac>
Subject: Re: [NTCP] The magical mystical tour continues week after week on ntcp.

David Anderson wrote:

>Let's get out of these horse latitudes asap and move on to the topic of
>spreading the good news.
Dear David,

I'll be away for the next couple of weeks, perhaps that will give you
the break you are looking for.

Yours in Christ,


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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 10:41:07 -0400
From: David Anderson <david * housechurch>
Subject: [NTCP] Lighthouse Movement

Hi readers and may God bless our nation,

The Lighthouse Movement, utilizing houses, was going to spread the Gospel
to all before the year 2000.

Many big names and big ministries signed onto the plan, I recall.

What might we learn from them? Any participants here? Are they still

David Anderson

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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 15:50:39 EDT
From: JAMESRUTZ * cs
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Lighthouse Movement

David A.,

Yes, I worked a lot with the Lighthouse Movement until a year ago, when
my committee advanced to the place it didn't need me.

Currently, it is still moving ahead, though perhaps not with the momentum
it had. When 2000 came and went, it shifted its goals.

Formally, the movement is composed of traditional denoms and quite a few
of the main paras. However, the spirit of many of the leaders is quite close
to the house church people. For instance, Dr. Cornell (Corkie) Haan oversees the 60 or
so committees/action groups for the entire movement, and he is so pro-house church that
he and I tried at one point to start and sustain a house church here in Colorado
Springs ... for ministry leaders! (We discovered that meetings were
impossible because everybody was chronically out of town!)

Most of what they do is aimed at developing small groups in homes. They
share a lot of insights and instincts with the cell church people (who are
also rapidly moving toward the house church outlook). But bottom line, they're waiting
for us to produce a good number of bodies--in order to "validate" the
viability of HCs and show God's seal of approval on the HC movement. Without
hostility--in fact with great hope--they are saying, "Show me the numbers."
I feel that when the more fruitful branches of the house church tree produce more
attention-getting growth numbers, the massive Lighthouse crowd (the biggest
coalition in Christian history) will swing toward us massively.

The ball is in our court.

Jim Rutz
Colorado Springs

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Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 12:52:30 -0400
From: David Anderson <david * housechurch>
Subject: [NTCP] Scarce a dry eye among the Indians

Hi all,

When it comes to those whom God uses, there can be a wide margin of
disagreement on the fine details of theology. David Brainerd, for
example, was a "baby-baptizer" - one of many which God greatly owned.

Let's face it - our lives are imperfect as are our beliefs. The one
indispensable element seems to be prayer, rooted in love for the lost.

David Brainerd. 1718 -1747. Protestant missionary, born in Haddam,
Connecticut, USA. An emotional, sickly child, he achieved a religious
conversion after much anguish in 1739.

He was expelled from Yale in 1742 for making derogatory remarks about a
tutor, but he obtained a license to preach and ministered to Indian
tribes in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Poor health forced
him from the field in early 1747, and he died shortly thereafter.
Jonathan Edwards published an account of Brainerd's life in 1749.
Source: search.biography.

--------------- Two days from his journal:

Lord's day, Oct. 6. Preached in the forenoon from John x. 7-11. There was
a considerable melting among my people; the dear young Christians were
refreshed, comforted, and strengthened, and one or two persons newly
awakened. - In the afternoon I discoursed on the story of the jailer,
Acts xvi. and in the evening expounded Acts xx. 1-12. There was at this
time a very agreeable melting spread through the whole assembly. I think
I scarce ever saw a more desirable affection in any number of people in
my life. There was scarce a dry eye to be seen among them, and yet
nothing boisterous or unseemly, nothing that tended to disturb the public
worship; but rather to encourage and excite a christian ardour and spirit
of devotion. Those who, I have reason to hope, were savingly renewed,
were first affected and seemed to rejoice much, but with brokenness of
spirit and godly fear. Their exercises were much the same with those
mentioned in my Journal of August 26, evidently appearing to be the
genuine effect of a Spirit of adoption.


Lord's day, Dec. 8. Discoursed on the story of the blind man, John ix.
There appeared no remarkable effect of the word upon the assembly at this
time. The persons who have lately been much concerned for their souls,
seemed now not so affected nor solicitous to obtain an interest in Christ
as has been usual; although they attended divine service with seriousness
and diligence. Such have been the doings of the Lord here, in awakening
sinners, and affecting the hearts of those who are brought to solid
comfort, with a fresh sense of divine things from time to time, that it
is now strange to see the assembly sit with dry eyes, and without sobs
and groans.

End of New Testament Church Planting Digest V2 #115

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