Last night we had a powerful time at the cell meeting. The ice-breaker told us to share a special memory of the holiday season. We listened to one another and encouraged one another. The worship time drew us into the presence of God and the Holy Spirit ministered to each one of us. The prayers and praises reminded each of us to press on to love Jesus. The Witness/Word time stimulated us to take advantages of opportunties to communicate with unbelievers. Lastly, the interactive Word time taught us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, like the apostles on the day of Pentecosts (the text was Acts 2:14-41). Afterwards, we enjoyed rich fellowship around a full spread of food. We experienced fellowship with one another in the Holy Spirit.
You’ll notice how my description of each part of last night’s cell had “one-another” in mind. Joel Comiskey wasn’t the star performer. We all were. Think with me about the many Scriptures that tell us to minister to one another:
- Love one anotherâ€”John 13:3; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; I Peter 1:22; I John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11.
- In honor preferring one anotherâ€”Romans 12:10.
- Donâ€™t judge one anotherâ€”Romans 14:13.
- Receive one anotherâ€”Romans 15:7.
- Salute one anotherâ€”Romans 16:16 (â€œsaluteâ€ means â€œto draw to oneâ€™s self, to receive joyfully, welcome,â€ even â€œretardingâ€ oneâ€™s own journey to do so)
- Greet one anotherâ€”I Cor. 16:20, II Cor. 13:12, I Peter 5:14.
- Serve one anotherâ€”Gal. 5:13.
- Donâ€™t provoke one another or envy one anotherâ€”Gal. 5:26.
- Bear one anotherâ€™s burdensâ€”Gal. 6:2.
- Forbear one another in loveâ€”Eph. 4:2, Col. 3:13.
- Forgive one anotherâ€”Eph. 4:32, Col. 3:13.
- Teach and admonish one another with songâ€”Col. 3:16.
- Comfort one anotherâ€”I Thess. 4:18.
- Edify one anotherâ€”I Thess. 5:11.
- Exhort one anotherâ€” Heb. 3:13; 10:25.
- Consider one another to provoke unto love and good worksâ€”Heb. 10:24.
- Wash one anotherâ€™s feetâ€”John 13:14.
The cell group is not about one person. It’s about everyone ministering in an environment that maximizes the priesthood of all believers.