Homecells

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Corinthians 14:26). The family that you have now become part of, is the Church of God. The Church is not a building but a community of people that congregate in buildings and homes. One of the functions of the Church is to gather in small groups called Cells. (Acts 2:46-47)

A Cell Group (or Home Cell) is a small group of people who are committed to first of all building up one another, and secondly to fulfil the great commission in reaching out to the lost. They meet together weekly, as well as having contact with other people throughout the week. The Cell is like a larger family than just your own. It is comparable to the cells in a human body that provide protection, communication, life, sustenance etc. Likewise the Cell Group is there for protection, edification, acceptance, support and communication.

 

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The Cell Group is for edification?

Edification is the building up of one another so that you can become a stronger and more effective Christian. God never intended that you be alone in your relationship with Him. He desired that each believer be connected to other believers in His body. This ensures that all the parts of His body can support, help and encourage one another to develop in their Christian walk. You, as part of the body of Christ, are very important and you have a specific function to fulfill. God wants to use you to help build and edify His body together with the rest of His children. In Ephesians 4:16 it says “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” You need to form part of a Cell so that you can do your part in the Body and thereby find and fulfil your purpose and destiny in God’s Kingdom.

Your commitment to the Cell Group

The Cell will challenge and encourage your level of growth and commitment. In the Cell you will discover your ministry and gifting and you will find the joy of receiving a blessing but more important, of being a blessing. Make the Cell Group a high priority in your life. Just as you form part of your own family, you are also destined to form part of God’s family in the Cell Group. Your presence is valuable to the rest of the group. Your participation will help build up the rest of the group. Make a decision not to allow anyone or anything to hinder you from attending your Home Cell.

Your contribution to the group

You are a valuable member of your group. God expects you to be actively involved in the growth of other Cell Members. The Holy Spirit will give you spiritual gifts to help you minister to the rest of the group (1 Corinthians 12:7-12). You can also help your Cell Group by doing practical things for them and using your talents or abilities to help them. Commit to your Cell and allow the Lord to use you and work through you to edify His body.

God uses the Cell to evangelise

God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). God does not only want Cell Groups for edification but also evangelism. Evangelism is sharing the good news with unbelievers. Evangelism in a Cell Group is not the traditional standing on a corner and handing out tracts, or door-to-door evangelism. Evangelism in Cell Groups is reaching out and touching those in your family, work mates and friends. This can occur by simply inviting them to the Cell Group, or by getting the Cell Group to visit your unsaved contacts. By establishing relationships with your unsaved family and friends they will become saved. Your Cell Group will help you pray for your unsaved contacts and together you will see them get saved. You will learn in\ detail how to evangelise at the “Evangelism Encounter” (E3).

The New Testament Church was built on Home Cells.

“To the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the Church in your house” (Philemon 1:2). There are many scriptures in the New Testament that refers to the Church meeting in houses. Paul told the Church in Rome: “Likewise greet the Church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the…” (Romans 16:5). There are many other references in the Bible, that show that God blessed His Body who met from house to house. There were general meetings in the synagogues and places of worship, that we today call Sunday Celebrations, but there was a great emphasis on the home fellowships. All people need individual attention and this can only be catered for in small groups. The Celebrations are very important, because on a weekly basis the Pastor shares the Word of God for the week and the Cells meet to discuss how the Word can be practically applied in their lives. The Word of God challenges all believers to be doers and not only hearers of the Word. In the Cell, members are challenged to walk in the light of the knowledge they receive.

Can each person participate?

God says: “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Corinthians 14:26). This is impossible in a large congregation and therefore can only effectively work in a small group situation. There is also a boldness and freedom in small groups and as a result believers have more opportunity to develop in spiritual gifts and can experience the dynamics of the Holy Spirit working through their lives.



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