“And the Lord added to the church daily.” C. H. Spurgeon
These [early disciples] were in such a condition that their homes were holy places. I want you to notice this, that they were breaking bread from house to house, and ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart. (Acts 2)
They did not think that religion was meant only for Sundays, and for what men now-a-days call the House of God. Their own houses were houses of God, and their own meals were so mixed and mingled with the Lord’s Supper that to this day the most cautious student of the Bible cannot tell when they stopped eating their common meals, and when they began eating the Supper of the Lord.
They elevated their meals into diets for worship: they so consecrated everything with prayer and praise that all around them was holiness to the Lord. I wish our houses were, in this way, dedicated to the Lord, so that we worshipped God all day long, and made our homes temples for the living God.
Does God need a house? He who made the heavens and the earth, does he dwell in temples made with hands? What crass ignorance this is! No house beneath the sky is more holy than the place where a Christian lives, and eats, and drinks, and sleeps, and praises the Lord in all that he does, and there is no worship more heavenly than that which is presented by holy families, devoted to the fear of the Lord.
Every truly Christian household is a church, and as such it is competent for the discharge of any function of divine worship, whatever it may be.
Are we not all priests? Why do we need to call in others to make devotion a performance? Let every man be a priest in his own house.
Are you not all kings if you love the Lord? Then make your houses palaces of joy and temples of holiness.
One reason why the early church had such a blessing was because her members had such homes. When we are like them we will have “added to the church those who were being saved.”