By Ben Norrod
" Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (KJV, Luke Chapter 12, Verse 32).
We have heard it said, 'two is company and three is a crowd'. In the Kingdom of God, however, one is a majority. The world needs a crowd to crown their achievements. Sporting events boast of record attendances. Musical venues depend upon ticket sales to pay the appropriate individuals for their talents, and those ticket sales must be more than two or three people. Every aspect of our humanity is influenced by majority opinion, majority belief, and majority rule.
Look at the difference with Jesus, though.
"I was just telling Brother Sothmann today. I said, I was coming up to Hughton, his hometown, if the Lord willing, between the meetings to go fishing with him. And I said, "I'd like to visit the little church out there." And he said, "Well, it's just a little small group." I said, "Bring them over to your house, and let's get into the room, and shut the doors, and stay there all night and the next day just talking about the Lord." That's the way I like it just–just where we can get together now. Christ comes in big crowds, or little crowds, or He–He will walk alone with you. Just anywhere you want to meet Him and your heart's right, He will meet with you" (Branham, W., The Queen Of Sheba, Chicago, Illinois, January 7, 1958, E-4).
Jesus said these words: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (KJV, Matthew Chapter 18, Verse 20).
Although the misconception is Jesus doesn't come to larger crowds. He does, but only for a season. If you notice every God-called man in the Bible started with a larger following in the beginning than in the end.
The Apostle Paul said these words: "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry" (KJV, II Timothy Chapter 4, Verses 10-11).
House Churches are not traditionally recognized as Churches, but if you study the beginnings of the Church many services were held in houses.
Take a look at these Scriptures:
"Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ"
(KJV, Romans, Chapter 16, Verse 5).
"The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house"
(KJV, I Corinthians, Chapter 16, Verse 19).
"Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house" (KJV, Colossians, Chapter 4, Verse 15).
"And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house" (KJV, Philemon, Chapter 1, Verse 2).
In some travels overseas, Churches often begin in houses, and in some circumstances under trees.
Brother Branham said this:
"I remember the first meeting I ever had, my own, when the Lord sent me to preach. It was a little cottage prayer meeting, there was about a dozen of us there. I believe I preached all night. I… Best I remember I just stayed there all night" (Branham, W., The Infallible Proof Of The Resurrection, Sturgis, Michigan, January 14, 1957, Para 3).
"…Some of the best meetings I ever had was in cottage prayer meetings, where we was setting right around each other, fellowshipping" (Branham, W., Blind Bartimaeus, Lima, Ohio, January 27, 1957, Para 4).
"…I held a revival just recently where the church completely packed out, seated twenty people (That's right.), twenty people…" (Branham, W., Have Not I Sent Thee, Phoenix, Arizona, January 24, 1962, Para 19).
"I have always appreciated a house meeting, cottage prayer meeting such as this, more than–than I guess people could think that I would, because the finest meetings and the finest times of fellowship is usually in a little cottage prayer meeting like this. Where I have felt the closest to God, is when just a little handful of the believers comes together, and there we worship" (Branham, W., Shalom, Sierra Vista, Arizona, January 12, 1964, Para 13).
Bro Ben has been a minister for the past twenty years. Bro Ben is married to Samantha and together they have two girls. The Norrod’s music website and newsletter is an extension of the ministry given to Bro Ben by our Lord Jesus. You can visit them at thenorrodsmusic.com