On Monday night we were training new and future cell leaders in the cell movement. The cell movement is the center of Circle of Hope’s mission. We create little micro churches where dozens of pastors called “cell leaders” help people move from here to there on the spiritual journey. Find one here. Many people attend the small gatherings in living rooms for a year or more before they decide anything about Jesus. They feel the love, they get welcomed, they trust the people in their cell, they have fun, and in that space that are free to make a connection with Jesus or not.
When Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you,“ he was serious. So are we. We want to be a community in which people get an opportunity to be knit together in love. If you follow Jesus, you are probably figuring out how to be an authentic part of a living church, because, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
We are always growing cells, so that new groups are available for friends and acquaintances to be included, encouraged, loved and healed, as well as given the opportunity to learn and share. We’d like to keep expanding an authentic church in this way. So we were training people in our cell plan in hopes of making more.
The Bible says that the earliest Christians “continued to meet together in the temple courts” [publicly, in a large group for worship and teaching] and ”broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” [privately, in small groups for encouragement and mutual care] (Acts 2:46-7). We follow that example.
There are many different kinds of people in the world, so there need to be many varieties of cell groups and many varieties of leaders. However the circle is formed, when people sit down together in love, with Jesus in their midst, good things happen. We look forward to the gifts you will bring to your circle of ten!