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Genesis CLF Fruitful Life Groups
Understanding the biblical basis of our fruitful life groups
Our fruitful life group is rooted in our commitment in fulfilling the great commission to make
fruitful disciples of Jesus. Matthew 28:18-20
In Acts 2:40 to 47
Points to note in this verses :
After salvation comes a life of community, a body of unified people with a common interest and characteristics.
The need for proper impartation in the life of a new believers
Receiving constant teaching from leadership
Enjoying the life of the fellowship
Partaking communion on a regular basis
Being actively involved in the prayer life of the church.
The new believers enjoy a healthy body life verses 44 to 47 this includes
Being together with one another, there was no room given for isolationism
A willingness to sacrifice for one another
Actively ministering for the practical needs of each other
They had large gathering in the temple and small gathering from house to house
They enjoyed meals together
They remained in the atmosphere of praise
They had favor with outsiders, they were not removed from society
The Lord Himself endorsed their conduct by adding to their number
Churches met in the houses in the first century church
Romans 16:5 Greet also the church that meets at their house
1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla[a] greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.
Colossians 4:16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
Philemon 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:
Advantages and the concept of our fruitful life groups
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.
So it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? (1 Corinthians 12:12-17)
Small fruitful life groups (also known as "cell groups" and "home fellowship groups") are growing in popularity in Christian churches and homes throughout the world as a way for us to make the connections we need with fellow believers.
Small group fellowships—whether focused on Bible studies or on a wide variety of activities—have a tremendous impact on those who participate.
Benefits of small groups
People talk more in small groups.
People within a small group setting, whether based in a home or in the church, are more likely to participate in discussions than in a large class.
Since there are fewer people, there is more opportunity to talk and less room to hide.
Group members realise that others face similar problems.
People often think there is something uniquely wrong with them.
When they hear that others have similar struggles, they feel relieved and encouraged.
People use their gifts and talents to minister to one another.
God doesn't expect pastors and teachers to do all the ministering.
He has given each of us gifts and talents to encourage, teach, and challenge one another.
Small groups provide the perfect setting for Christians to minister one to another.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)
Small group members encourage each other in their faith.
We strengthen each other's faith. In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.
that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. (Romans 1:12)
Small group members encourage each other to grow.
Regardless of a group's focus or format, after a while people are likely to share personal insights and testimonies.
When people share, other group members see new ways they can draw closer to God and new steps they can take with others.
Changing is hard. There is nothing like a word of encouragement when someone feels hopeless or discouraged. Group members support one another, both during meetings and outside them.
We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)