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Home Groups/Cell groups
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[German Version]

As the key social, economic, and religious entity, the house was “the most natural setting for the earliest beginnings of the church community” in antiquity (Pompe, 22). Here the church found its own space within time (Acts 2:46) in which worship and daily life were in intimate proximity and which could serve as a base for missionary expansion. As a rule, the homeowners themselves presided over the celebratory worship meals. During the first three centuries, the house remained the normal l…

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Herbst, Michael, “Home Groups/Cell groups”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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