Chuck Pierce shares how a few years ago, God showed him a changing way of gathering that was occurring in His Kingdom plan. Pierce also states that this would include new, faster, innovative means of communication and why gathering in clusters is important.
One of the early Church’s names for “house church” gatherings was SYNAXIS. Synaxis is a Greek word that means “a gathering, a coming together or a reunion.” A synaxis was a “family reunion” of their spiritual family. A synaxis was a very specific kind of meeting, with a very specific purpose.
While synaxis gatherings are mentioned all throughout the New Testament, the book of 1 Corinthians gives us the clearest picture of what took place in these meetings.
1 Corinthians reveals that synaxis meetings were designed to accomplish at least four specific things:
2. Praise and Worship
3. The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
4. Equipping Believers to exercise their spiritual gifts.
Every week, the members of the early Church met in a synaxis. As the large celebration gatherings were incubators for faith and vision, the small synaxis gatherings were incubators for gifts. In the synaxis, Believers were trained to discover, develop, and practice their gifts. It is in the context of a synaxis that the goal of Ephesians 4 is fulfilled.