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Paul's Corinthian Houses
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Church that Meets

Roman PotterySaint Paul wrote much about the Christian houses or households of faith in various places. He wrote to the Corinthian households in 1 Corinthians 16.19, "The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house." He also recalled in 1 Corinthians 1:16, "Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else." Later Saint Paul wrote concerning households in 1 Corinthians 16:15, "You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints." In Ephesians 2.19 he further reinforced their faith when he wrote, "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household," In Philippians 1.1-2, Saint Paul ended his letter with a blessing, "Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

Household Children

In Colossians 4.15 Saint Paul wrote, "Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house." Instructions were given by Saint Paul in 1 Timothy 3:12, concerning the orderly running of the household church and its properly qualified leadership, "A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well." In 1 Timothy 3.15 he further wrote, "if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth." Saint Paul greeted his household friends in 2 Timothy 4.19, "Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus." He also wrote in Philemon 1.2, "to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home."

"Paul's Corinthian Houses"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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