CELLS ARE NOT A NEW IDEA!
“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:46-47 teaches us that the early church met in small groups, in homes. They did this, IN ADDITION, to their engagement in worship at the synagogues!
The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, also gathered believers in small groups, to nurture their faith and grow them in their spiritual journeys! For Wesley, he saw that in order to live holy lives, believers ought to share their lives in Christian fellowship on a regular basis. His development of small groups provided a framework to help people grow in ‘holiness of heart and life’.
Today, we call these small groups, ‘Cell Groups’, with the idea – like ‘cells’ in a human body, they represent life, growth and health!
When we gather in Cell Groups, we gather to:
- Build relationships with other believers here at LHMC (SOCIAL),
- Study the Bible together and learn how to apply it in daily living (TRANSFORMATION) ,
- Collaborate and intentionally share the gospel with those around us (OUTREACH),
- Learn how to build intimacy with God in praise and in prayer(REVERENCE),
- Serve using to the talents, time and resources that God has blessed us with (YIELDING).
When we engage in Christian life, together as a group, we grow stronger and better. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.
The primary role of Cell Leaders (CLs) / Assistant Cell Leaders (AGLs) is to shepherd their Cell. They are to provide pastoral care and guidance for their Cell Members to be committed disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A shepherd’s role as indicated in Ezekiel 34:1-16, teaches that shepherds are tasked, to feed the flock, lead them to rest, seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick.
The purpose of Cells in LHMC is to help members live out their hope in Christ. The way we do this is by helping place every life in His S.T.O.R.Y..
Ideal size of Cells: 12 members or so
Ideal minimum frequency: 3 times a month