I believe in Sunday morning worship. Sunday worship is one entire “wing” of the cell church. Yet, Sunday morning worship is not enough. I think of Nancy, a gal who I sat next to on a plane from Houston to California. She had received Jesus and begun attending a large evangelical church that faithfully taught Godâ€™s Word each Sunday. â€œOver time,â€ she said, â€œit became painful to smile, walk through the church doors, hear the message, and leave one hour later to resume our family crisis in the car in the church parking lot.â€ She finally stopped attending the church because she felt like a hypocrite. For Nancy, going to church was hearing the preacher on Sunday.
Nancy needed to a place where she could share her life with others, receive personal pastoring, and grow with God’s people. She needed to be held accountable, as Rob Campbell so clearly reminded us in yesterday’s blog. Cell groups provide that accountability. In a cell group, a person can share life struggles and discover that others are going through the same thing. It’s a place to be known and to know others.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ï»¿Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one anotherâ€”and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Jesus desires us to grow spiritual in the light of His soon coming. Cell groups are an awesome place to see that happen.