Meeting once a week for church (even house church!) just doesn't do it.
We are encouraged and nurtured and filled up when we meet with God's people. But, then, we have to wait seven days for it to happen again. Instinctively, we know this isn't enough. Clearly, God has constructed us to need the encouragement of God's people on a daily basis.
And, this is exactly what Scripture commands us to do. "Encourage one another daily" (Heb. 3:13) The Greek word for "encourage" is parakaleo. The noun form of this word is what Jesus calls the Holy Spirit in John 14:16. "I will ask the Father and he will give you another Paraklete." The word literally means "one who is called along side to help or encourage". Our ministry to one another is similar to the ministry of the Holy Spirit to us.
But, how do we do we encourage one another if we don't live next door to the others in our church? The answer to this question is a CO2 (a church of two). This "practice" was at the heart of Jesus' group (church?) of twelve. Every one had a partner. (See Mt. 10:2-4) And, every person Jesus sent out went with a partner. (See Lk. 10:1) No exceptions!
The CO2 concept allows us to "do church" daily. To come alongside one other person every day for mutual encouragement. The CO2 is the basic building block for all larger expressions of church. A house church with several CO2s functioning during the week becomes much more powerful when the whole church gathers together in its weekly meeting.
One of the primary goals of the LK10 Community is to train believers in the practice of CO2. We do this through a six week learning experience called The Foundations Course. We currently have a few openings for Courses beginning in October. To learn more and to register, go here http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2011/09/foundations-course.html
There are hundreds of CO2s now spreading around the world. The interview below gives you a picture of how one CO2 functions. This is one of three CO2s in the church that meets at Tim and Brittani's house. (See more CO2 stories below.)
More CO2 stories...
*Tony Dale (House to House) tells of finding CO2s in the Philippines... http://youtu.be/PcRVtntSwJo
*There are dozens of CO2s now in Australia. They all started here... http://youtu.be/3CPg7h-5lX4