I’ve recently been excited about the relationship between the Sunday sermon (or in the case of ELIM, the mid-week teaching) and the cell group. Up until two months ago, we at Wellspring only celebrated once per month. We still gave the cell leaders a weekly lesson that we created from the biblical text.
However, since we’ve been meeting weekly, I’m excited about the possibility of hearing a message in a group gathering and then meditating on that message in the cell setting (to see last week’s cell lesson, click here). Sermons and cell lessons are two sides of the same coin. One side is informational and in-depth (sermon). The other side is practical and personal (cell lesson). [p.s.: an additional side is the equipping track. For example, I’ll be taking a family through the equipping track before the LIFE group begins, which adds even more depth to the discipleship experience].
No wonder functional cell churches are so healthy! Granted, discipleship beyond “church on Sunday” isn’t readily accepted in our culture. Yet, when the spiritual hunger for more is present, applying the sermon in the cell goes a long way in making disciples who make disciples.
What do you think? What is your experience in this area?