by Rob Campbell
In a recent survey, 67% of Americans resist change. I must confess I don’t get this reality. I’m in the minority. I embrace change. I like change. I know I’m sick! Mind you, I’m not for change just for change sake. I am, however, for change that keeps things fresh, exciting, life-giving, and battles the mundane.
Is it time for a wake up call for your cell? Certainly, you’ve heard the phrase: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Maybe a change for how you do cell life is at hand. Let me give you one thought on how you might change the life of your cell group.
For illustrative purposes, let’s agree that a healthy cell gathers together weekly. Joel is a big advocate of such a thought and I concur. Gathering together weekly does not mean that the cell has to do the same thing every week. Isn’t this correct? For example, what would it look like if your cell gathered together the first and third week of every month in a home for a “traditional” cell gathering? In other words, your cell connects with God and each other in a living room filled with worship, discussion, prayer, and more. I trust there is a lot of laughter, encouragement, and such in the house.
Let’s continue. Now, what would it look like if on the second week of each month your cell served the neighborhood? For example, your cell hosted a free cookout for your block, cleaned up the neighborhood park, or spruced up an elderly neighbor’s yard. Indeed, your worship would look different this week!
Further, what if your cell served the city on the fourth week of every month? Your cell could feed the homeless, rake up leaves at the city park, or replenish the local food bank.
I’m convinced that a cell needs to permeate the neighborhood and city with the love of Christ. The suggested methodology described above will help one battle the mundane.
Break out of the four walls. Get visible. Meet needs. Be the hands and feet of Christ. I trust that you will find new life in your set of relationships as you serve others.