Home Groups

Pray that All would Attend

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
Church Home Groups are an ideal place for us to come together for fellowship. Within these smaller gatherings, we can focus on personal prayer needs as well as for those around the world. Not only that, smaller gatherings encourages group interactions which helps us to be more fruitful in exhorting one another in our walk with Jesus Christ. This is something we can't normally do when we're attending our large traditional church on Sunday. For it can be hard to fellowship and get our prayer needs met when things are running on a schedule time limit. Also, home groups can be a tool to help breakdown denominational barriers by bring in your neighbors who may attend a different church. And if there are any unbelievers living around you, it could be a good way to expose them to the simple basics of what a church is all about. Try a church home group and see for yourselves. For even our Savior Jesus met and preached in homes at times. (Luke 10:38-42, Matthew 9:10-13 and more...)


Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 

(Proverbs 27:17)

Encouraging one another in our walk with the Lord helps us to learn and to grow in him. Small Home Church Groups are an ideal place for this to happen because it takes us out of the impersonal and brings us into the personal. Within these smaller groups, we can have group interactions by asking questions as we read and study the Bible together. This is so true. And just think, no denominational walls, no church overhead to pay for, and no large staff that's relying on money from parishioners. It's church in the simplest and purest form.


Not Here to cause Contention

Now please don't get me wrong, I'm in no way encouraging anyone to uproot their family and leave their current church for some home group. But on the other hand, it would be a benefit for you to fellowship in a small group setting as well. And let's remember that larger assemblies and even revivals have started by people gathering and praying in homes. The 1904 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angelis as well as the Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley California are a few that start in peoples homes (for more info on the Simi Valley church and how it started in the home of Francis Chan and his wife Lisa, see this website: http://wearechurch.com/history/ )

To watch the video on the Azusa Street Revival go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr8f2pIyrFw 

Or you can purchase the DVD at Christianbooks.com or Walmart as well.


WHAT ARE SOME GOOD FUNDAMENTAL BASICS FOR A HOME GROUP

  • Keep things simple and avoid subjects that can cause debates
  • Focus mainly on prayer with some worship and studying of God's word
  • The leaders (which should be men) are to make sure things stay decent and biblically in order
  • Avoid empty chatter and gossip 
  • Do some reading of the word in which everyone can take part in
  • Keep snacks and food simple without letting it became the main focus 
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages (except in the partaking of Communion)


HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO PRAY FOR:

  • For each other to grow in the knowledge of the Lord
  • For unsaved family members
  • For sicknesses and injures
  • For our church leaders (elders)
  • For our government and community leaders
  • For all God fearing churches in our community to embrace each other as brothers and sister in Christ (unity of God's church)
  • For denominational walls of pride to come down so that our community can see us as one large church who embraces Jesus Christ as Savior
  • For those churches who condone sinful practices to be humbled and repent of their sins
  • For our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in hostile countries that oppose Christian views
  • For us to have boldness to invite our neighbors to join us


ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER TO:

  • be totally in love with God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27)
  • have total faith in God always (Mark 11:22)
  • always to pray, and not to lose hope (Luke 18:1)
  • preach the Gospel (good news) everywhere (Mark 16:15)
  • recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit that God has given us (Luke 29:49, Mark 16:17-18, 1, Corinthians 12:28)
  • believe that there should be unity among all true believers, here and around the world, and that without walls of division. (John 17:21)
  • to stand on God's Word in every situation. (James 1:22)
  • never lean on our own understanding of things or get caught up in our own theology. (Proverbs 3:5-6


All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version unless noted otherwise

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