"(They met) day by day in the Temple Courts and from House to House …." Acts 5:42
When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left the future of the New Testament Church in the hands of about 120 believers (Acts 1:15). By relying upon the Holy Spirit, that small group grew to 3,000 (Acts 2:41), then to 5,000 (Acts 4:4) and then to tens of thousands (Acts 21:20).
Twenty-five years after the ascension of Jesus this church had about 100,000 members. That is amazing. What was their secret? The scripture says that they met daily in the Temple Courts and also in each other’s houses.
When they met in the Temple Courts, the Apostles preached and taught thousands of people. This is called large group worship. The believers would then divide into small groups and meet in homes. It was in these homes that the preaching of the Apostles were explained and taught. Their core message was, “The good news that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 5:42b).
I believe that the church in Jerusalem grew so rapidly and strong because of their small groups. The Holy Spirit was present in the Apostles’ preaching but He was also active in the small groups where the teaching was explained and people could ask questions.
I believe that one of the greatest ways to grow as a Christian is to be a part of a small group Bible study. You develop friends, prayer support, and greater understanding for the Word of God in small groups. I want to encourage every church member to join a small group. It will help you grow in Christ.
Small groups are also a way to invite unchurched friends and neighbors to hear about Jesus. You have more of a possibility of getting the unchurched into your houses before you can get them into the church.
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God has called us to reach the lost for Christ. I firmly believe that small group home Bible studies is a very effective tool to accomplish this. Help us to be obedient to our mission.
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