On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the gospel, the Spirit was outpoured, and close to three thousand souls were saved. These newly saved believers spontaneously began to meet together in their homes: “And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they partook of their food with exultation and simplicity of heart” (Acts 2:46). In these home gatherings, all believers were able to function, and the early church flourished and spread (v. 47).
In The Furtherance of the New Way for the Lord’s Recovery Witness Lee sounds a call for the church to return to this biblical pattern. Drawing on numerous examples from the Scriptures, he highlights the central role of the home in presenting the gospel to unbelievers and in building up new believers. Returning to the God-ordained way of bringing the gospel to unbelievers and teaching the truth to new believers in their homes will open the way for the building up of the Body of Christ.