There is much more to a homegroup than just coming together weekly. With the rise of home groups or home churches, because of the COVID breakout and lockdowns, we must explore how to create and maintain a healthy home group gathering. There should be a purpose to the gathering. There is a purpose, we just have to know what it is. There should be growth. We are called to be fruitful and multiply. Here are some helpful points I have learned from being with various local groups.
You are a disciple. You love Jesus. But unless you are firmly established on the foundation of the faith, you will never come into unity with the body. You must be built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets found in scripture. This foundation will set you up for long-lasting endurance. Time and time again, we see genuine believers fall in pride because they didn’t keep their first “estate” if you will. Many new disciples taste of heavenly things then swing far left into the spiritual works, that they forget the simplicity of Christ. We must stay focused and grounded on the foundation laid and not be moved.
So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.Ephesians 2:19-22
Gifts Within The Group
Everyone has a gifting and a desire as part of the body of Christ. Unless there is a good structure in the gatherings to bring this gift out so that it may be used properly, one will tend to keep it bottled in. Eventually, they will separate themselves in order to use it somewhere else, thus creating an unstable group and ultimately division. Your group should be free to allow for gifting to flow through. We all have a part in the body and without the eye and the nose, how will the rest of the body function?
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again, the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;1 Corinthians 12:21-22
A home gathering should be more than a weekly fellowship of believers. The gatherings should have a purpose to them. The local group of disciples should be a working body and it should be evident in the gatherings. When you gather, the body should be used by the gifts of the spirit, the five-fold ministries for the edification of the body. If you gather and do not leave edified and challenged for growth, this gathering may not be operating in a biblical form.
When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. All things are to be done for edification.1 Corinthians 14:6
A home group should strive for organic growth. Do not ever be complacent with the number you are now! When you said yes to King Jesus, you came into delegation and ambassadorship. You are a co-laborer with Him, for the sake of His name, His will, His Kingdom. It starts with personal growth and extends out into the harvest. Good healthy bread does not come from pre-packaged, store-bought ingredients but from ingredients that start with going into the field, planting seed, watering, and bringing in the harvest. Organic.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:19-20
There are more points to be mentioned, however, I believe these are good places to start focusing on depending on where your group is in its walk. If you have any desire to talk some of these things through, let me know, I would be happy to talk about it. Please leave comments on anything else you would like me to write about.
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