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BIBLE STUDY - HOME CELL COURSE.
ONE MONTH COURSE - 1999
home cell is a group of approximately 12 Christians in a community who are
members of a congregation and is very serious in their relationship with Jesus
Christ. The whole congregation is made up of cells like these. The home cell has
meetings once a week in a house of one of the members of the congregation.
Our vision and goal is to bring the people to Jesus Christ. John 1:45. Philip
found Nathaniel and said to him, “we have found Him of whom Moses in the Law
and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth”.
In the church context the vision and direction of the Church must always come
from the Senior Pastor, through the church leadership to the people. “Fire in
the pulpit - fire in the pew”.
God has a plan, He finds a man”.
Leadership is not dictatorship, never to manipulate people or to dominate them.
Leadership is never to bull - doze people with position. Leadership is rallying
people to pursue a vision. A good leader has a purpose to teach others to be
able to help themselves. A leader is not one who merely complains he corrects.
He puts his money where his mouth is.
A good leader gains the trust of his people by virtue of his character, his
integrity, his resourcefulness, his zeal, his good judgment, his people skill
and most importantly his anointing from God. As a result, the people grant him
the freedom to decide and the authority to supervise and control.
God wants to do a work, He chooses a man”.
Leaders that do not attend services regularly are not in one accord with the
goal and vision of the Senior Pastor and leadership. They should never be
excused or compromised with, there is no excuse, what so - ever. Such leaders
should step a - side or give up their office, for others to take over.
If such leadership is provided by a group, it is because with - in that group
there is someone who can provide such strong leadership first to the group and
through that to the rest of the body. A committee or a board can never provide
THE PURPOSE OF A HOME CELL:
What is a Home cell.
home cell is the tool or vehicle whereby evangelism in the Church must be done.
“If you do not evangelize you will fossilize”. It is also the way to
incorporate and to develop new Christians to spiritual maturity and into the
church. It provides fellowship, follow - up and nature of new Christians. The
home cell operates through a home cell leader with one assistant home cell
To equip the saints.
home cell is the place to equip the members for the work of the ministry. To
train and release every member as a missionary. “The choice is yours; you are
a missionary or a mission field”. The cell leader also reduces pressure and
responsibility on the pastor or minister. If members have a problem this can be
sorted out on cell level. The home cell leader in conjunction with the pastor
serves as a spiritual father.
It has a Biblical Foundation.
Not a threat for spiritual growth.
home cell and its leaders have a non - threatening environment for spiritual
growth. It is a place to build strong, life changing relationships and is also a
place for accountability. It initiates growth in the church; therefore the home
cell attempts to multiply every 6 months. It is a place where the unsaved person
is given the opportunity to see God’s work in the life’s of true believers
and to establish Christian values and morals in their own lives. The cell
meeting is a place of fellowship, ministry to one - another and outreach.
Therefore relationships are of vital importance for cell growth and functioning.
MODELS OF CHURCHES EXIST TODAY.
churches are divided into two groups:
The program - based church.
The Cell - based church.
In a program based church the emphasis is on programs and getting people to
enroll in church meetings and one Pastor runs the whole show, thinking he is in
the will of God. As we will see God has never sent out one person alone to
preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have different denominations today. We are
all to form part of the body of Christ. We must ensure that our denomination is
not an abomination to God.
program - based church has a 12% or no annual growth.
The program - based church has the idea that the church building is the ‘house
of God’. This was based on the fact that in the Old Testament God had Priests
and Prophets, He gave them instructions that a temple was to be build for Him.
The nation had to go up to the house of God, so that the Priests and Prophets of
God could speak to them. The Roman Catholic Church started with this idea again,
in the year 1897. All the traditional churches followed. This concept has no
Scriptural foundation in the New Testament. This is one of the main reasons why
the church members are sitting, waiting for the Pastor to go and preach the
Gospel to the unsaved. They are living in the groove of tradition. The Spirit of
God dwelled in the Holy Ark that was with - in the temple. The believer is a
type of the
seven last words of a dying church were: “It was never done this way
before”. It was said, that the congregation of a church became so small when
the minister said, “Dearly beloved” in his opening line of sermon, the old
widow that sat on a pew thought that he was proposing.
cell - based church have a 50% plus, annual growth, if there is proper home cell
training and guidance.
The cell - based church believes that the believers are the ‘house of God’
and the ‘
a. a. 1 Timothy 3:15. “But if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God”. The Greek word for church is “ekklesia”
which means; gathering of the believers, congregation or His dwelling place.
3:6. “But Christ as a Son over his house, who we are if we hold fast the
confidence and the rejoicing of the hope, firm to the end”.
Peter 2:5. “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual
1 Corinthians 3:9b. “You are God’s building. etc. No one can lay a
better foundation, than Jesus Christ”.
John 2:19. “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it
up”. He spoke of His body. This was the point when Jesus made the change.
f. 1 Corinthians 3:16. “Do you
not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in
1 Corinthians 6:19. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God.
2 Corinthians 6:16b. “For you are the temple of the living God. As God
has said, I will dwell in them and walk among them.”
Acts 7:48. “However, the most High does not live in temples made with
j. Acts 17:24. “God, who made the
world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell
in temples made with hands.”
John 14:23b. “And We will come to him and make Our home with him”.
This is what Jesus said.
are many more Scriptures to proof what the Bible teaches. We are a house of
living stones, built and woven together by the Holy Spirit of which Jesus Christ
is the corner stone. We are members and part of the body of Christ of which He
is the head. No person must ever think that he or she is the head; the body does
not have two heads. If we do not function in the body we are dead, we will be
cut - off and thrown away. Jesus Himself said so.
Life and growth of the body is in cells + cells multiplying. Just as a human
body consist of cells a cell - based church consists of home cells. As families
are the basic building blocks of any community so the home cells are building
blocks on which the whole church grows. The life, growth and support of the
church take place in the home cells.
In a cell - based church the emphasis is on equipping people to do the work of
the ministry. Jesus Himself gave instructions that every believer must go out
and preach the gospel. Or am I missing something?
tree cannot live without branches and leaves”.
A cell - base church is more effective than program base churches because every
member in a cell - base church will be engaged in the task required to make the
church function. A cell - based church is based on the Scriptural concept of
community. The essence of community is a sense of belonging. There is a powerful
Christian camaraderie when people belong to each other in a home cell and the
church. People look after one another and they share the ministry of reaching
the unsaved as a community task.
The people in a cell - based church penetrate into the city, reaching people in
more personal way than the program base church will ever be able to do. The cell
- base church have a vision for reaching the entire city, not just a part of it.
They seek to insert a home cell in every neighborhood. Their evangelism includes
the powerful witness of Jesus Christ working within His body.
REQUIREMENTS OF A HOME CELL LEADER:
home cell leader must understand the concept with - in the Church. The leader
must complete this home cell course. The Senior Pastor or the zone home cell
leader can only appoint a home cell leader. It will happen that people in a
Sunday meeting will be interested in joining a home cell, and then the cell
leader of that area or zone will have to visit the person or people.
or she must:
Have a shepherd’s heart.
Be a person of Godly character.
Must live and understand the vision of the
Must love and adhere to the leadership and
of a home cell leader.
He or she must be a leader.
He or she must be a pray -
He or she must be a worshipper.
He or she must be a local church member.
He or she must attend all Sunday services.
He or she must be a Bible believer and student.
He or she must bond to the local Church and submit to authority of the
Senior Pastor and leadership.
Typical week of a home cell leader.
The home cell leader.
The home cell leader must be a bonding agent.
to Jesus Christ.
Bonding to the Scriptures.
Bonding into the home cell.
Bonding to the Church.
The home cell leader must be able to see and
raise up future cell leaders and to train them to take responsibility for new
believers. The home cell leader must be able to facilitate growth and
multiplication at least twice a year by establishing new members continuously.
Leader must be able to facilitate evangelism through the home cell by targeting
unsaved people and inviting them to Church meetings and home cell meetings.
HOW TO START A HOME CELL:
The senior pastor or preacher appoints a home
cell leader for each zone. If someone has the desire to start a home cell, this
person can share his/her plans with the pastor or preacher. Make sure that you
are able to be doing this. Do not be afraid that you will not have the necessary
knowledge to do this. There are many Bible studies and material available to
Facilitate evangelism through the home cell by
targeting unsaved people and inviting them to home cells and Church meetings.
Each of us has a primary group which includes some of our relatives and some of
our friends who relate to us through work, recreation, hobbies and neighbours.
There are the people we talk to, relate to and share with, for at least a total
of one hour per week.
The home cell is a Christian community. We must
begin by recognizing that the primary assignment in a cell based church is to
develop ‘basic Christian Communities’. Community takes place when there is a
share life, allowing common goals and commitments to develop between members of
a home cell. Community is the highest form of live in the universe. Even God as
a Trinity lives in community. Because we were created in the image of God, we
have an inherent desire to live in community. Satan’s desire is to destroy
community. “Community brings unity”.
No community no Church. With the birth of the
Church in the Book of Acts the people did not listen to sermons, neither did
they organize Bible studies. There was no formal agenda. They had each other,
their fellowship with one another was the essential ingredient of their time
together. There ten days of sharing together was God’s way of helping
acquaintances become a family. There could not be a Church until there was a
HOW TO RUN A HOME CELL:
Preparing for the cell meeting.
spend 30 minutes pre - meeting prayer time with the Lord. Your assistant leader
must also attend this prayer time. Remember: “To be prepared, one must always
be pre - prayed”. Make sure that you always have your home cell hand book
available. Make sure you have the admin forms required.
Do not leave everything for 30 minutes before the cell meeting starts. It is of
vital importance to arrange chairs, music etc. before the members arrive.
Spending time with God preparing your heart for a cell meeting is more important
than preparing the lesson. Never preach mini sermons - talk to your members, do
not put up a show.
THE HOME CELL MEETING:
The purpose of the home cell meeting is four fold:
To have people to feel welcome.
To worship God in song and praise.
To listen to God’s Word and grow spiritually.
To become close friends with fellow brothers
cell meeting is a place of fellowship, ministry to one another and to reach out
to each other. Therefore, relationships are of vital importance for cell growth
and functioning. The home cell is a place where the members develop a passion
for the lost. There is no excuse for a person to think that it is the Pastor’s
duty to bring in the lost.
The function steps of a home cell.
people to relax
Tea and Coffee
cake or snacks
Welcome - 15 minutes.
Worship - 15 minutes.
cell leader or cell assistant must lead the praise and worship. Use two or three
songs that you are familiar with. Worship is to release the manifest presence of
the Lord. As we pour out our hearts to glorify the Lord, He inhabits those
praises and reveals His presence in a very special way among His people. In His
presence we find new strength, new hope, restoration, salvation and deliverance.
A time of worship will provide an atmosphere for the manifestation of the Gifts
of the Holy Spirit and consequently for dynamic ministry to take place, for the
purpose of edification.
Word - 30 minutes.
main purpose in sharing the Word is to grow spiritually and to glorify Jesus
Christ. If the cell leader did not prepare something to share he/she can discuss
the previous Sunday service message. You may also answer questions that some
members do not understand. If the cell leader is not able to answer certain
questions someone more experienced can be called in.
Works - 15 minutes.
this time members can learn to know each other better on an open level. Do not
suggest cake or snacks. Sometimes this can turn into a competition.
7. CHARACTER OF A HOME CELL:
The home cell is like a family unit.
There is real love for one another.
The Holy Spirit is welcome and the Gifts
Members have respect for the cell leader and
The members have respect for each other and
share each other’s problems.
The working of the Holy Spirit in the home cell.
work of the Holy Spirit is always attached to needs. In a home cell it is
important for needs to surface so that the Holy Spirit can minister unto us. If
the heart and motive of the home cell leader and members are not in tune with
God it will only lead to a social gathering. It is the cell leaders
responsibility to see that all things be done in the right order. Be aware of
people wanting to do things in the flesh, example; ‘falling in the flesh’
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
is no better place for Spiritual Gifts to be developed than in a home cell.
Spiritual Gifts transport the power required to perform a task. The home cell
must never be viewed as a social gathering or group with Scriptural knowledge
simply sharing emotional needs with some form of Bible study. They must function
on the level of the Spirit and that means they must operate through the activity
of the Spiritual Gifts. Uninvolved people do not reach Spiritual maturity.
Spiritual Gifts can be manifested in the home cell for building up one another,
members must be able to hear the voice of God in their hearts. The members must
not only talk to the Lord in prayer, but also hear from Him in the process. The
Spiritual Gifts are provided in order that the body of Christ may grow. The home
cell must become completely dependent of the Holy Spirit.
Handling challenges in the home cell meeting.
challenges occur in the beginning of the life of a home cell. They may include
People are not punctual. Start on planned time,
with or without late - comers.
Do not allow people to walk around once the
cell meeting has started. Unless very urgent.
Have people to forget about anything outside to
distract their attention.
Serve, if, refreshments, only after the cell
meeting. This is to save valuable time.
You might have someone in your cell that wants
to take over because they are power hungry. ‘People under authority are people
f. There might be sin in the camp. One person’s sinful habit might affect the lives of everyone else in the cell. Identify the sin. Hate the sin, not the person. Call for repentance in the whole cell. Once the
sin is dealt with, forgive, and forget and move on. If any person does not want to adhere ask him/her not to come back to the cell meeting. If the meeting is held in such a person’s house, have it
Prepare your members from the beginning that
the cell will divide after six months. If your cell does not want to get to the
point to want to multiply. They might say, “but we’re only getting to know
each other”. Tell them that each one of them must be prepared to have their
own cell one day.
Know the plan that the enemy has.
strongest weapons against God’s work are of the following:
Illegitimate relationships in the congregation. Be very careful here.
Poverty. Remember to be broke is temporary, poverty is a state of mind.
8. CARE GROUPS IN THE HOME CELL:
to give special attention, inside your home cell.
a. When member does
not attend Sunday meetings, find out, why. Phone or visit them.
b. When members
are ill or in hospital - visit them.
c. When needs arise -
food shortage, petrol money etc.
d. When a marital
crisis arises - counsel couple, or inform Senior Pastor.
When you receive a death call - visit them. Support the family
emotionally. Inform other church
members and senior pastor. Support family with meals and accommodation of
f. On birthdays,
stork teas, kitchen teas or weddings.
When to give special attention, outside your home cell.
other home cells needs help.
social welfare in the church needs help.
senior pastor has a request for, follow up - visitation.
that are divorced or widowed.
9. HOME CELL MULTIPLICATION OR SPLIT:
cell ministry must lead to home cell multiplication and so church expansion. The
assistant leader is the one to branch of starting his/her own home cell. The
main purpose of each member of the home cell is to preach the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and to invite people to the home cell and Sunday services. The home cell
must raise up future leaders and to train others to take responsibility for new
cell must multiply. Home cell ministry must lead to cell multiplication and
ultimately to church growth. It is therefore important to set measurable goals
at both the Church and cell levels. The home cell must multiply every six
months. If you aim at nothing you will definitely hit nothing. For the church to
grow the members must be vision and goal oriented.
home cell membership must not exceed 12 members, including the leader and
assistant leader. This excludes children up to 18 years. The key principal is
that every cell member is seen as a potential leader.
The life cycle of a home cell.
life span of a healthy home cell is 6 months.
3: Teenage. 4 months.
lay aside and down personal needs and focus on Jesus Christ.
4: Maturity. 2 weeks.
the attention of the people in the home cell outwards. Invite new friends or
family to home cell and Sunday meetings.
5: Old age. 2 weeks.
must take place. Assistant leader must branch off or take over.
HOME CELL ADMINISTRATION:
a good filing system is vital to function effectively as a home cell leader.
There are certain forms and information that you will need to have in a file to
ensure that names, addresses and important data and dates are not lost.
the following in your file.
a. Cell member data list -
b. Attendance register of
your cell members.
c. Welcome and journey guide
pamphlets or tracts.
d. Home cell leader’s notes
of Bible study or sermon preached in church.
weekly attendance register and new member data list, on home cell, to department
leader. Have home cell leaders meeting once a month.
Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.
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