1. You will understand the Bible better in a Cell group.

Have you ever listened to a pastor or Bible teacher and while he is preaching, you wanted to stop him and say, “But what about…?” or “I don’t understand!” Then a cell group is for you! Preaching and teaching is both a one-way communication scheme. You listen while the preacher speaks. This kind of set up is fine for imparting knowledge but for the sake of personal application, cell group is rather more effective. In a cell group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations, and that happens best in small groups.

 

2. You will begin to really feel like part of God’s family.

Most people who have been part of a group say that its greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently call each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answered prayer. You’ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique—we’re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.

Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens, and build up one another. The only way you can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other. God never meant for us to go through our Christian lives alone. If you’re lonely, the answer to your problem is to join a cell group.

3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.

Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you’ll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.

4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.

Cell groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You’ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.

When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter—these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when and if your family is in need. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn’t been for the support of their cell group.

5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.

It may be that some of your friends who do not know the Lord would not be caught dead in a church. They have a preconceived idea and just the thought of them getting inside the church makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a small group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling being “put on the spot”. When your friend sees the love, warmth and honesty of your group, it will make him more receptive to the Good News.

6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!

The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or “gifts” to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily “sit and listen” situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed small group setting, you’ll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising. This will surely help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship.

7. You will deepen your understanding of worship.

Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen during Sunday mornings in large groups with a message, special music, and an offering basket! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens best in a cell group while praying or singing together.

8. You will be a New Testament Christian!

The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends his people to grow and

have their needs met in the Church. We will never be able to hire enough professional pastors to meet all the individual needs in our family. God never intended it to be that way! The cell groups are made available to multiply the works of our pastors and reach more needs in the church.

Consider these verses:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 5:42