Following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on the Day of Pentecost, the early believers in Christ (not called Christians until Acts 11:26, nine years later), began to meet in small groups in their own homes for spiritual enrichment. The aspect of home churches/assemblies was not one of design, but rather of necessity. Because the early believers were Jews, and were most likely “respectful, religious Jews,” they still met in the Temple. Of significance, is the fact those early followers of Jesus met in small groups in their homes, also on a daily basis. The following scriptures show that those of the early church/assembly “devoted themselves” to the things that the Apostles were teaching them. While they met as small groups, they also “broke bread.” It is most likely that these disciples remembered the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus during the time that “they broke bread/shared a fellowship meal.” There was great excitement in the small groups, and there was also tremendous growth among the early groups of believers.
The events of the above paragraph took place in the year 33 A.D. But, how does that example relate to the year 2014 A.D? It appears that most readers, who receive my writings, are also involved in the weekly worship services of their own churches. But, there are many people who do not attend church services, at any time, and who are friends, relatives, and associates of church members. Those “absentees” are also important to our Lord Jesus. Please read the page on my blog that addresses, “The Mission And Ministry Of Equipping The Saints.” Also, read the “Mission Objectives” that are located on the blog side bar. In those two writings, you will find some good ideas for your own personal ministries.
It is one of the objectives of this ministry to help in the planting of churches, as well as various types of cell groups. Cell groups can be effective in homes, work places, and in any other setting. Cell groups can develop into, and become church plants and fully functioning assemblies/churches/congregations. Many of my readers are serious about their ministries of instruction and encouragement through their writings. Many of these same people have the ability to lead a small group of believers. What may be lacking is an organized structure of support. Or, maybe only study reference material is needed. That is where our ministry becomes valuable to such followers of Christ.
If you are interested in pursuing a cell group ministry, and would like to have support from this ministry, please let me know of your ideas about your thoughts. We will try to help you in any way that is possible. First of all, reply to this post. You will then be given further information on how we will contact you. Please consider how God can bless you as you try to share the gospel of Christ with people who may need to know Him as their Lord and Savior. Consider the following Words of God.
Philippians 4:13, World English Bible (WEB)
13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Acts 2:42-44, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread andto prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42-47, The Message (MSG)
41-42 That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
43-45 Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.
46-47 They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
Now, let’s praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.
Let God Arise
Days Of Elijah
Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him”