Sunday, March 14th, 2010
"If the house is deserving, let the peace you wish it come upon it." (Matthew 10:13)
The Bible specifically mentions that the apostles preached from house to house. For example, Acts 5:42 says of them: “Every day in the temple and from house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.” Some 20 years later, the apostle Paul reminded the older men of the congregation in Ephesus: “I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.” Did Paul visit those elders before they became believers? Evidently so, for he taught them, among other things, “about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:20, 21) Commenting on Acts 20:20, Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament says: “It is worth noting that this greatest of preachers preached from house to house.”
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 1:3, 4)
*I read two really good experiences in the new 2010 yearbook (which I'll post later), that shows why the house to house ministry is essential (along with other forms of preaching the "good news"). I don't know the exact percentage but I've always heard that about 50% of the people who've studied the Bible and eventually became JW's, were reached in that manner.