a place where people can come together to connect with others.
The best way to grow as a Christian is to get into a situation where you can rub shoulders with other Christians and benefit from life-on-life modeling and mentoring from those who've learned what it means to live out their faith on a day-to-day basis. As relationships can't be forced, neither can spiritual growth. Cell Groups provide an environment conducive to deeper spiritual relationships amoung group members. After that, it's up to the Holy Spirit to do His stuff according to a timetable that fits His plan (or in the case of some of us, at the pace at which we're willing to be led.)
We all have a basic need to connect with others. Cell Groups share lives together - the good times, the tough times, and the times in-between. The goal of Cell Groups is simply to connect people to the two things they will need most when faced with the challenges of life: the Bible and other Christians.
The mission of Cell Groups are:
Cell Groups are the solution to disconnection.
The beauty of this laid-back approach of Cell Groups is that it
'takes the pressure off'. Cell Groups provide an environment shere
people are connected closely enough and long enough for life to
happen and for God to show up. It's organic and simple; it works,
and it works well.
Cell Groups (sometimes call small groups) are not a new thing.
In the 1st century church, as well as worshipping together in the Temples each day, Christians met in homes where they studied the apostles' teachings, shared meals together, and celebrated the Lord's Supper. "And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved." - Acts 2:46-47 (NLT)
Small group bands and classes started by John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century also attracted thousands of spiritually hungry people and grew many of them into mature believers. Anytime a group of friends commits to gather together to share their lives, pray, and discuss the Bible and the application of it's scriptures, good stuff is bound to happen.
Why Cell Groups?
Cell Groups are all about friends, encouragement, prayer, and study of God's Word! In a Cell Group, you can take a break from the busy demands of everyday life and invest in what is really important: your relationship with God and relationship with the people around you. Most cell groups meet for an hour and half every week. In a small group of people things happen that don't happen in bigger groups. The Bible gives us many examples of how lives were changed when people met together this way. The same thing happens as we hear of how Cell Groups have provided friendship, support, encouragement, and opportunity for a closer relationship with Christ. Get connected in a cell group and watch your life change!
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