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CELL GROUPS

SESSION 1: Purposes of Cell Groups

INTRODUCTON

THE NEW TESTAMENT PRINCIPLE:

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart” (Acts 2:46).

The principle of meeting in the temple and house to house was in the very foundation of the early church. In Acts 5:42, the Bible says, “daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to preach and teach Jesus Christ.” Again, we see the principle of temple and house to house.

Many of our churches meet in large public meetings. That is important for the world to see us meeting together. But we should also meet house to house. In Acts 20:20, Paul says, “I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shown you and have taught you publicly and from house to house.” Again, we see the public ministry and the house to house ministry.

A tree is first seen by the trunk and the leaves. But it is held together by the root. The trunk and the leaves are the public ministry of the Church. The root system is the house to house ministry. Jesus did over fifteen miracles in the house. The home can also be a small duplicate of the Church.

LESSON OUTLINE

  1. THE OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLE OF CELL GROUPS.
  2. The first wilderness church example.
  3. Exodus 18; gives us the first church in the wilderness.
  4. Moses, the leader of that church was advised by his father-in-law to change his structure.
  5. Every thing depended upon him and he was wearing himself out.
  6. His father in-law was concerned for Moses health and also for the good of the people because they were standing in line all day waiting for Moses.
  7. Very often, that is the picture in many of our churches. All of the ministry is based upon the pastor. He has not delegated his ministry to others.
  8. Jethro’s advice to Moses
  9. Provide from the people, able men.
  10. Such as fear God.
  11. Men of truth.
  12. Men who hate covetousness.
  13. Place such men over the people as:
  14. Rulers of thousands.
  15. Rulers of hundreds.
  16. Rulers of fifties.
  17. Rulers of tens.
  18. Ten people became the core of that church.
  19. Let them judge the people at all seasons.
  20. Every great matter they would bring to Moses.
  21. Every small matter they would judge.
  22. PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLE.
  23. The Bethany World Prayer Center.
  24. A church of about 6,000 members.
  25. Discovery of the principle of cell groups.
  26. Training of other leaders by the pastor.
  27. Other leaders can help pastor the people.
  28. Three purposes of the Church.
  29. To pastor people well.
  30. To evangelize the lost.
  31. To raise up leaders, another generation who will preach the gospel.
  32. The pastor’s failure.
  33. Not pastoring the people very well.
  34. All pastoral ministry fell upon him.
  35. He did all of the visitation.
  36. He did all of the counseling.
  37. He did all of the judgment between people.
  38. He was wearing out.
  39. Discovery of the solution (Eph. 4:11-12).
  40. Start of fifty cell groups.
  41. Divide people into groups of tens and twelves.
  42. They began to minister to each other.
  43. Train of leaders every week.
  44. These leaders helped to pastor the people.
  45. Placing the anointing of the pastor to other leaders.
  46. They received a portion of his anointing.
  47. Questions for the pastor:
  48. Do you want to do all of the ministry yourself?
  49. Or, are you willing to release your anointing to others?
  50. The groups of tens in the cell groups are like an army instead of an audience.
  51. They do the work of the ministry in rotation.

III.  JESUS EXAMPLE OF SMALL GROUPS.

The twelve apostles.

  • He traveled with them everywhere.
  • John 13; He called them together into an upper room and washed their feet.

WHY DO WE NEED SMALL GROUPS?

  1. People can serve better in a small group.
  2. In the upper room, Jesus washed their feet.
  3. Unless people serve each other, they will never become partners.
  4. People need encouragement (John 14:1).
  5. When they are in cell groups, they get encouraged.
  6. If one is depressed or discouraged, when the group meets every week, they look at each other in the face, and encourage each other through prayer or ministering to each other.
  7. Christians must be fruitful (John 15:1).
  8. When they are alone, they don’t bear fruit.
  9. Jesus sent out His disciples two by two.
  10. We are more productive in a cell group than by ourselves.
  11. The Bible says, one of you shall chase a thousand, but two of you shall chase ten thousand.
  12. When a group comes together, they become a team and more productive.
  13. Christians need protection (John 16:1).
  14. They go to churches, but they are still tempted by sin.
  15. If their lives are not accountable to others, satan may trap them.
  16. We all have blind sides, hence, we need others protecting us.
  17. Christians can pray better in cell groups (John 17).
  • Just as Jesus and His Father are one, so Christians must pray together in oneness.
  1. APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLE.
  2. Illustration of the geese
  3. Nehemiah’s example: He put one family at each section of the wall. Every one serves.
  4. Solomon’s example: He brought one tribe to Jerusalem every month. That tribe provided provisions for his palace.
  5. Bethany prayer center’s example.
  6. Seven districts.
  7. Fourteen zones.
  8. One zone serves every Sunday.
  9. Cell groups are the basic units of the Church just as the cells in the body.
  10. Starting cell groups.
  11. Calling a prayer meeting - People who pray in the Church, are the true leaders.
  12. Train leaders in principles of prayer and spiritual warfare.
  13. Select cell leaders from among them to lead a group of ten each.
  14. A group should never have more than fifteen.
  15. The group must remain small so that the people can talk to each other and interact together.
  16. As the group grows, a new one is started.
  17. This is how people can be pastored very well. This is the first purpose of the Church. To pastor believers very well.
  18. If you are a pastor today, start by meeting a core group.
  19. Find twelve leaders in your congregation who you want to train in the principles of pastoring people.
  20. Begin to meet with them every week.
  21. After several months, let each of them begin a group.
  22. Continue to meet with them every week.
  23. They should also meet with their groups every week but come back to you for ministry and then go out for ministry.
  24. An annual goal for each group is to multiply.
  25. The growth of cell groups around the world.
  26. In Manilla, Philipines, one church has 2,000 cell groups.
  27. In Bogota, Columbia: one church has 13,000 cell groups.
  28. In San Salvador, El Salvador: one church has 6,000 cell groups.
  29. In Seoul, Korea: the largest church in the world, one church has 23,000 cell groups and over 700,000 members in one church.
  30. I urge you to change your structure. To become a cell group church and may I warn you in advance, you can not have many programs and cell groups as well because you will never be able to have all of those programs and the cell groups.
  31. In Nairobi, Kenya: a church of 4,000 people in five years developed 500 cell groups.
  32. In Ivory Coast, West Africa: one church has 80,000 members and 6,000 cell groups. They have no other programs.
  33. The cells are the biblical principle of government and we encourage you to begin the process of transition.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Form small groups and discuss:

  1. Why are pastors sometimes afraid to start small groups outside their churches?
  2. How can we have many home groups in a large church and still maintain unity?
  3. Think about many programs you have in your churches. Which of these would not serve the purposes of cell groups if they are in operation in your church?
  4. Pray for cell groups in your churches that they will continue to serve the purposes for which they are established.

SELF-STUDY

  1. Study Exodus 18 and 19 and write in your own words the result of Moses adopting Jethro’s advice for his leadership style
  2. Write seven biblical reasons why every church must have cell groups and support each with scripture.

CELL GROUPS

SESSION 2: Evangelizing the Lost

Through Cell Groups

INTRODUCTION

In our last session we discussed the purposes of cell groups. We discovered three purposes of a church. The first is to pastor believers. We discussed how Moses organized the Church in the wilderness. He put them into small groups of tens and then put overseers over them to pastor them well. We see that in the early church, they pastored their people very well. They taught them publicly and from house to house. The second purpose of the Church is to evangelize the lost.

LESSON OUTLINE

  1. HOW CAN CELLS EVANGELIZE THE LOST?
  • Studies have proved that more people get saved through relationship than through events.
  • In the New Testament, we find one person inviting their friends to meet Jesus.
  • In the cell groups, you have spiritual families.
  • People are drawn into that community.
  • The number one problem in the world is loneliness.
  • Lost people are lonely and when they observe Christians loving each other, Jesus said, the world would know that God has sent him.
  1. Understanding vision in evangelizing the lost (Acts 26:16-18).
  2. In many countries, satan is ruling the minds of the people. Their minds are darkened in their understanding.
  3. Jesus told Paul, your purpose is to open their eyes that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
  4. This is what Paul called the heavenly vision.
  5. Winning souls is the heavenly vision.
  6. And we can accomplish that best through cell groups.
  7. Examples
  8. In El Salvador there is a large church with 6,000 cells and they have a motto.
  9. They say together every week:
  10. I have a purpose.
  11. My purpose is winning souls.
  12. I fulfill that purpose best in a group.
  13. WHAT CAUSES CELL GROUPS TO START TO EVANGELIZE?
  • It is imperative that cell groups evangelize.
  • If they don’t evangelize, they will grow stagnant and ultimately die.
  • When cell members bring people to Christ, it causes them to mature because they are now examples for new believers.
  • Four little wise animals in Proverbs (Prov. 30:25-28).
  • These animals illustrate to us the dynamics in cell groups that win souls.
  1. The ants are feeble but they prepare their food in the summer.
  2. The ants are small, but they are very focused.
  3. This is the first element of evangelizing cell groups: that group must have focus on the lost.
  4. The ant is a symbol of purpose.
  5. The ant is not satisfied with what it has already gathered.
  6. The ant knows it has a limited amount of time.
  7. We all have limited time. Only in our life time we can win souls.
  8. Every member of the cell group must be a spiritual ant: They must go for the harvest.
  9. The rock badgers: They are small animals but make their homes in the rock.
  10. It has learned the principle of partnership with the rock.
  11. This is true in the cell group.
  12. You may be ashamed to witness alone, but by having a cell partner, you can be bold.
  13. The locusts: fly in a huge swam and can block out the sun.
  14. They are like an army that takes a city.
  15. This illustrates prayer.
  16. We must control the spiritual forces in the heavenly places.
  17. Believers in the cell group must pray and do spiritual warfare.
  18. To evangelize the lost, they must defeat satan.
  19. As the cell groups pray, they control the heavenly places, they open the heavens and they allow the light of God to shine on people.
  20. A cell group must pray to win the lost.
  21. The Spiders “or lizards”: take hold with their hands, but find themselves in kings’ palaces.
  22. Lizards penetrate into the palaces or anywhere.
  23. The cell groups must penetrate in many ways:
  24. They are able to meet in the home of unbelievers and as they get in, the people may get saved.
  25. They invite lost people into their homes.
  26. How did Jesus penetrate into people’s lives? (Luke 5:2, 3, 8, 10).
  27. Jesus got into Peter’s boat, and penetrated into his life.
  28. Don’t wait for the lost to come into your church but you penetrate into their boats.

III.  HOW CAN WE FULFILL OUR PURPOSE.

  1. Three principals mentioned earlier:
  2. I have a purpose.
  3. My purpose is winning souls.
  4. I fulfill that purpose best in a group.
  5. Affirm: I will never be satisfied until I fulfill my purpose. This is principle #4. You will never be satisfied until you fulfill your purpose (John 4:32, 34).
  6. A fish is made to swim.
  7. A bird is made to fly.
  8. We are made to win souls. That’s why we are alive.
  9. Principle number 5 - I have no promise of tomorrow. I must work while I have the chance.
  10. This is the principle Jesus taught His disciples.
  11. Every cell member should memorize these five principles and say them until they have fire built into them.
  12. How many people are lost in the world?
  • Missions workers divide the world into four.
  1. The first world or “A” world: is one out of ten people.
  2. These are people who are believers.
  3. They are 500 million people.
  4. The “B” world: two out of ten people.
  5. These are backsliden people.
  6. They are 1 billion people.
  7. The “C” world: three out of ten people who live in the nations that are reached.
  8. They have heard the gospel, but they have rejected it.
  9. They are 1.5 billion people.
  10. The “D” world four out of ten people.
  11. They live in the nations that are unreached.
  12. There are 2 billion people.
  13. All across the world, there are lost people who must be brought to Christ (John 4:35-36).
  14. I want to challenge every one of you to prepare yourself for the harvest.
  15. There has never been a harvest as the one coming to the world.
  16. The question is, will you be able to hold the harvest?
  17. Cell groups are meant to evangelize.
  18. They have four elements of evangelism.
  19. They have purpose.
  20. Partnership.

iii. Prayer and.

  1. Penetration.
  2. Arrange your church into evangelistic cell groups and as a pastor, write the lesson every week.
  3. One week, focus on believers to edify one another.
  4. In the second week, focus on the lost.
  5. In the third week, go back to believers and edify believers.
  6. In the fourth week, evangelize the lost.
  7. In this way, week after week, the cells win souls.

GROUP DISCUSSION

  1. Discuss in your small groups, the priorities of your churches and how are these communicated to the worshippers.
  2. If you have cell groups in your churches, discuss the methods your groups use for evangelism and how effective the methods are.
  3. Discuss how best you can penetrate into the people of upper class in your country with the gospel.

SELF-STUDY

Study the principles of the small creatures in Proverbs 30:25-28 and explain how you can put them to use in your Christian life.

  1. The ants:
  2. The rock badgers:
  3. The locusts:
  4. The lizards:

CELL GROUPS

SESSION 3: Raising Up Leaders

INTRODUCTION

In our last session, we saw the second purpose of the Church which is to evangelize the lost. The Lord wants to give each cell group the vision of winning their neighborhood. We all have a purpose and that purpose is to win souls. We fulfill that purpose best in a group. In the cell group, we move from fishing alone to fishing with the net.

In this session, we want to study the third purpose of the Church which is: raising up of leaders. Leadership is the most important need of the Church today. One leader can powerfully affect a nation. But very often in the local church, we don’t know how to raise up leaders. We tend to appoint people who become visible in the Church. We give them positions and titles even though they’ve not proven their gifts. In the cell group structure, we have a perfect way of raising leaders.

LESSON OUTLINE

  1. HOW TO RAISE LEADERS IN THE CELL GROUP.
  2. Every one begins in a cell.
  3. As they prove themselves faithful, their gifts bring them further and further into the leadership of the Church.
  4. It is like a race where you begin with everyone in the starting line.
  5. Some have more gifts than others and their gifts and anointing will take them further.
  6. Generations of leadership (II Tim. 2:1-2).
  • Paul describes four generations of leadership.
  1. Paul.
  2. Timothy.
  3. Paul with a group of young men.
  4. He trained those young men to minister the way he did.
  5. Faithful men: This is the third generation.
  6. Others: Faithful men teaching others.
  7. HOW DO YOU FIND LEADERS? (Mark 16:15).
  • Training of leaders is like base ball diamond0s.
  • We see four things we do as church in training leaders.
  1. The stage of preaching (Mark 16:15).
  2. We preach in church, cell, TV and radio. But we are preaching the gospel.
  3. When people respond, we verify their salvation.
  4. We then visit their homes within 24 hours.
  5. The stage of assimilation (Mark 16:16).
  6. We must pastor them by baptism.
  7. This is the process of assimilation.
  8. We put them in the cell group.
  9. At the end of this stage, we take them to a retreat outside the town to minister deliverance to them.
  10. We call this an encounter retreat.
  11. This is where we begin to pastor people.
  12. The stage of preparing (Mark 16:17, 18).
  13. This is the stage we prepare people for discipleship.
  14. After they return from retreat, they are enrolled in a class which may last 9-12 weeks.
  • The goal of this class is to teach people how to be disciples.
  1. Signs follow the disciples.
  2. They cast out the devil.
  3. They heal the sick.
  4. They have power over demons.
  5. In this area, they are taught prayer and spiritual warfare, sanctification, reading the Bible, being led by the Spirit and how to truly be the disciples of the Lord.
  6. The stage of leadership (Mark 16:19).
  7. This is the stage where disciples begin to preach.
  8. If people don’t go through these four stages, they will never learn to be great leaders.
  9. In the leader class which also lasts for about 12 weeks, they are trained:
  10. How to lead a cell.
  11. How to find their spiritual gifts.
  12. In principles and character and integrity.
  13. At the end of 12 weeks, they come to the completion, and that is opening of cells.
  14. Now they are true leaders.
  15. They have accepted Christ.
  16. They have been baptized.
  17. They have been delivered.
  18. They have been discipled.
  19. They have been trained.
  20. They are now ready to lead cell groups.
  21. Every member of cell groups should do these four things.
  22. The greatest challenge of leading cell groups is running out of leaders.

III.  THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORING (II Tim. 2:2:Tit. 2:7).

  1. Spending time raising leaders
  2. Helpers who have your: spirit, values, anointing, focus and vision.
  3. Bringing leaders from the cell groups.
  4. God’s emphasis on the next generation in the Old Testament
  5. God wants to give you spiritual sons and daughters.
  6. The example of Moses:
  7. Not only did he raise leaders, he raised Joshua.
  8. Joshua was with him day and night.
  9. When Moses was gone, Joshua was in charge.
  10. The example of Elijah:
  11. He focused on Elisha.
  12. He anointed Elisha who was with him day after day until the day he went to heaven.
  13. Remember: success is a successor.
  14. If you do not have a successor, when you die, no one will carry on your work.
  15. Elisha got the double portion of Elijah’s anointing.
  16. He did sixteen miracles while Elijah only did eight.
  17. Pastors, this must become your vision.
  • Not what you can do alone, but other leaders that have been raised up.
  1. The vision of raising leaders in the New Testament.

1    The example of Jesus Christ.

  1. Two men at the sea of Galilee.
  2. Two more and one more until He had twelve.
  3. They were with Him.
  4. He taught them how to pray.
  5. He sent them out two by two.
  6. In Luke 10, He had seventy.
  7. When He rose from the dead, He had 500 who were believers.
  8. Christ life has been multiplied.
  9. The example of Paul:
  10. He didn’t travel alone.
  11. He traveled with disciples he imparted his life to.
  12. The leadership principle (I Tim. 3:1-8).
  13. The principle of isolating faithful people.
  14. This is what cell groups do.
  15. In the cell group, a leader must show their faithfulness.
  16. They are able to show their spiritual gifts.
  17. In a cell, we have a chance to watch a leader’s abilities.
  18. God will send you leaders. But you must start with those you have.
  19. See the potential in them.
  20. You must produce leaders after your kind. Meet with your leaders. Impart your vision to them. Work with them through their problems. Train them on how to do what you do.
  • Every member of your church must state the statement of purpose clearly such as:

“Our church exists, to preach the gospel to every creature; to pastor believers; to prepare disciples; and to plant leaders in every nation of the world.”

GROUP DISCUSSION

Discuss in your small groups:

  1. How leaders are raised and recognized in your churches.
  2. How do you discover people with leadership potential?
  3. What kind of preparation are they given before becoming leaders?
  4. Evaluate the system of raising leaders in your churches in the light of the four stages studied in this session - What lessons can you learn from these stages?

SELF-STUDY

  1. Write out the stages of leadership preparation in your church and compare them with the stages of Mark 16:15-19.
  2. If they are below the standard of Mark 16:15-19, take this model to your church leadership and see if it can be adopted.
  3. Does your church have a statement of purpose? Do you know it? If yes, write it and compare it with the statement of purpose studied in this session and see if there is anything you can apply to your church’s statement.

MY CHURCH STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

  1. If your church has no statement of purpose, develop one and share it with your church leadership.

CELL GROUPS

SESSION 4: The Principles of Multiplication

INTRODUCTION

We have already taught about three purposes of the Church. The Church exists, first of all, to pastor believers, then to evangelize the lost and finally, to raise up leaders. We believe that the cell groups church is the best structure to accomplish these three things.

Stop and think about God with the principle of multiplication. He taught this principle from Genesis to Revelation. He told Adam and Eve; “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. . .” In the book of Acts, we see that the number of disciples multiplied and grew. How can cell groups help your church to multiply and fill your land? This session can be the most powerful session ever learned in church growth.

Let us look at three principles of multiplication.

LESSON OUTLINE

  1. THE PRINCIPLE OF VISION (Gen. 15).
  2. The meaning of the word vision.
  3. Vision is a snap-shot of the future.
  4. It is the ability to see something in the spiritual world first.
  5. When the Lord told Abraham he would have a child, he was past the age of bearing children.
  6. His mind could not comprehend that.
  7. The Lord brought him out to look at the stars.
  8. When he looked at the stars, he believed on the Lord and it was counted to him for righteousness.
  9. Vision is the first principle for multiplication.
  10. You must see the vision of what God wants to do through your cell groups.
  11. The fourth dimension
  12. Dr. Choi called this principle, the Fourth Dimension.
  13. All that we can see in the natural world are in the first three dimensions.
  14. Outside the dimension of space and time is this dimension where God lives and faith works.
  15. It is the dimension where satan also fights us.
  16. Faith operates in the fourth dimension.
  17. To multiply, you must look into the fourth dimension.
  18. The Lord brought Abraham out of his tent.
  19. Because his text represented the first three dimensions.
  20. But as he looked up into the stars, every star he saw became a child.
  21. And the Lord said, that is how many children he was going to have.
  22. Abraham believed the Lord, and he received his righteousness.
  23. Receiving the vision of growth from the Holy Spirit
  24. You must see the sand of the seashore and the stars of the sky as the number of souls you will win and disciple through cells.
  25. If you have a small vision or you look around in the first three dimensions, you will never multiply cell groups.
  26. THE PRINCIPLE OF BROKENNESS.
  • Throughout the Bible, God could not use a person until they were broken.
  1. The meaning of brokenness
  • It means, you no longer depend upon yourself.
  1. Biblical examples of brokenness
  2. After 24 years of waiting and agonizing, Abraham had his child at 100 years old.
  3. Moses had a vision of delivering Israelites from Egypt.
  4. But he tried to do it in his own power.
  5. The Lord let him go 40 years into the desert. It was there he discovered his inability.
  6. Abraham also reached a place of brokenness (Gen. 22). The offering of Isaac on the altar brought a great brokenness to his life.
  7. God can not multiply you until you become invisible.
  8. You must die to the vision.
  9. Jacob had a vision of a ladder that reached the heaven.
  10. But he had to spend 20 years working for Laban.
  11. The moment he wrestled with God and became broken in his hip, God changed his name from Jacob to Israel.

III.  THE PRINCIPLE OF REPRODUCTION.

  1. How do cell groups multiply?
  2. It multiplies when the leaders have the vision of faith.
  3. It multiplies when the leaders are broken and know that they can not do it by themselves.
  4. It multiplies in the principle of twelve.
  5. The principle of twelve.
  6. Christ began with twelve disciples.
  7. Twelve is a number of discipling.
  8. Three ways we multiply a cell.
  9. The traditional way.
  • The problem with this method.
  1. The external multiplication.
  2. The principle of multiplication.
  3. It is the job of every cell leader to turn their cell group into a group of leaders.
  4. The internal multiplication.
  5. The key in each case is the leader returns to the mother cell each week.
  6. Why? Because Christ disciples returned and reported back to Him before being sent out again.
  7. The potential of the principle of twelve.
  8. The developer of this concept is a church in Bogota, Columbia.
  9. In May, 1995, they had 1200 cell groups.
  10. By December, 1995, they had 4,000 cell groups.
  11. By December, 1996, they had 10,400 cell groups.
  12. By December, 1997, they had 13,000 cell groups.
  13. This is a secret of rapid multiplication. God is a God of multiplication. The more you multiply, the more dominion you have. The person who multiplies, is the person who has dominion.
  14. Ask God to give you a vision beyond your circumstances and ask the Lord to break you as He broke the bread and the fish. Then tell Him to multiply you as the stars of the sky and the sand of the seashore.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Discuss in your small groups:

  1. What vision of growth do you have for your church or the group you are leading?
  2. What are the hindrances on your way to realize the vision?
  3. What does brokenness mean to you personally?
  4. Pray for one another that the Lord will give you at least twelve faithful people that you can disciple and train as leaders who will lead others.

SELF-STUDY

  1. Examine the three ways we multiply cell groups as studied in this session, and evaluate the ways the cell groups grow in your church; then write in the lines below, what principle your church has been using and what principle you should be using.

EVALUATION:

CURRENT PRINCIPLE:

PROPOSED PRINCIPLE:

  1. Prayerfully list the names of twelve believers around you who you would want to disciple and see them become leaders:
  2. Write out your vision for the group you are leading.

CELL GROUPS

SESSION 5: Great Leaders in the Church

INTRODUCTION

We have taught about the purpose of the Church in cell groups. The cell is the smallest unit of the spiritual body of Christ. We also taught on how we pastor people well through the cell groups, how we evangelize the lost by inviting them to come to the cell groups and how we raise leaders through the cell groups.

In our last session, we discussed the principle of the twelve and multiplication. Let me remind you that most of our cell groups begin as family groups. As groups multiply, the families are multiplied. God is a family man. In a figure of speech, He loves families as much as anything. In Psalm 127:3, the Bible says: “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD…”

Cell groups restore the sense of family in the Church. They also restore the sense of militancy in the Church. God builds His church with families.

In this final session, I want to show you the type of people who will be great leaders in your church. We call them, sons in the house of God.

LESSON OUTLINE

  1. SONS IN THE HOUSE OF GOD (Phil. 2:19-23).
  2. The leaders you are looking for are to be sons in the house and not hirelings.
  3. A son has his life invested in the house, but a hireling is only looking for payment at the end of the day.
  4. You can not build on hirelings. You can not build a church with people who do not have the vision of the pastor.
  5. Seven dangers within a cell
  6. Be careful to train cell leaders in the attacks of the devil.
  7. Never let anyone come to teach in your cell group unless the pastor approves it.
  8. Never let them provide a forum for money to be raised.
  9. Be careful not to teach false doctrines in the cell. For that reason, the pastor writes the cell lesson every week.
  10. Dangers can easily be handled if the leader is trained.
  11. Many of the dangers can also be handled if we have sons in the house.
  12. TWELVE DIFFERENCES IN SONS AND HIRELINGS.
  13. Sons build the house, while servants simply serve in the house.
  14. Sons are concerned about the house growing in a right way. But a servant or hireling has no attachment to the house.
  15. Sons see new people in the Church as building materials but hirelings have a sense of failure and insecurity.
  16. Sons hold the father’s heart and the success of their father’s work as their own (Luke 16:12).
  • Sons inherit, servants take
  1. Sons are family oriented, servants are ministry or issues oriented.
  2. The son will not let issues divide him in the house.
  3. But hirelings focus on issues because in looking at issues, they see them as the rights they have.
  4. Sons use the language of family, but hirelings use individual terminology.
  5. When you are listening to the leaders, what language do they use? Do they say, “we” and “us” or do they say, “they” and “them”?
  6. A son identifies with the needs of the local church, but a servant always says, they are doing this (Absalom’s example).
  7. Sons honor headship and cover the nakedness of their father, but servants trade in exposing nakedness.
  8. We should never cover sins in a leader but all leaders make mistakes. However, sons will honor the headship of their father rather than delighting in exposing it to everyone.
  9. When the father is under attack, the sons defend him (Ps. 127:5).
  10. Sons honor the chain of command, but hirelings question the chain of command.
  11. When the father places someone over me in the house, the way I respond to that person tells me who I am.
  12. The test that separates hirelings from sons is, can I submit to someone I don’t like personally.
  13. Sons want to share their lives with the father down to the third generation.
  • In a son, the vision comes first.
  1. Sons birth new people to the family of the father. Hirelings birth new people to themselves.
  2. When new people come to the Church, hirelings will want to draw them after themselves (Acts 20:20).
  3. But true sons of the house will birth people to the father of the house.
  4. Sons focus on the welfare of the people. hirelings focus on the appearance.
  5. A son is secure in the father’s love.
  6. A son is not concerned about impressing his father with appearance.
  7. If a person is not a son, he will inflate numbers because he is not secure in the father’s love for him.
  8. Sons share their inner conversations, but hirelings tell you only what they want you to know.
  9. Sons are secure and can handle correction, discipline and change, but hirelings place the fault on someone else (Heb. 12:7).
  10. God deals with us as sons.
  11. Servants can’t take discipline. It is always some one else’s fault. They are insecure because they are always afraid of rejection.
  12. Remember, discipline is not rejection.
  13. It is not something you do to your children.
  14. It is something you do for your children.
  15. The way you know whether they are sons or hirelings is, do they stay with you after correction?
  16. Servants receive their esteem from their gifts. They find it difficult for anyone to try and sharpen their gifts.
  17. Sons have puppy feet, but hirelings come into the house full-grown.
  18. Hirelings know it all. You can’t add to them. They are there to add to you. They are not willing to learn at all.
  19. But sons want to learn. They want to get it right. They want the spirit of excellence.
  • These are those whom God can build the Church on. When God builds His church on sons, it lasts. This is what we mean by cell group leaders. If the hirelings go, let them leave. You can not build on the hirelings. Sons will stay with you.

III.  JESUS AS THE FIRST SON AND OVER THE HOUSE (Heb. 3:6).

  1. Christ and the Father.
  2. If it is your will, let this cup pass over me. Nevertheless Father, not my will but your will be done.
  3. Anyone in government of your church, must be a son in the house.
  4. The pastor and the Church.
  5. Some churches are ruled by the board. The pastor is submitted to some groups in the Church and therefore, the pastor can not move the Church in new directions. He is not the father in the house, the board is the father. This can never work. God leads the Church with a man.
  6. As the pastor, you need to climb the hill of God (The example of Moses).
  7. As the pastor, you must pray and fast and let God show you the pattern of the New Testament Church.
  8. Dr. Yongi Choi’s story.

CONCLUSION

Pastors, find the sons in your church. They are the building materials of the Church. Begin to meet with those sons. Commission them as cell leaders. Write the cell lessons every week for them. Alternate the formats every week for them.

As you add new people to the groups, prepare the groups for multiplication.

GROUP DISCUSSION

  1. Use the principles studied in this session to identify who you are in the Church group you are in. Are you a father, son or a hireling?
  2. Use the same principles to examine those who are around you as followers. Are they showing the characteristics of sons or servants?
  3. Discuss various ways you can bring more sons and daughters to your groups.
  4. Pray for one another that the Lord will give you sons and daughters in your ministry.

SELF-STUDY

Write a one page weekly Bible study lesson for your cell groups and share this with your leader. This can be developed from a passage in the Bible, series of messages from your church or a contemporary subject.


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