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Summary: A Cell is a small House meeting where evangelism, consolidation, edification and commissioning take place. There are four hallmarks of a genuine cell: worship, nurture, fellowship and outreach.

What is Destiny Fellowship?

“The Heartbeat of Destiny”

ACTS 20:20 NIV

You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.

Can you please explain to me why cells are so IMPORTANT? I know you have touched on this a little in the past...........but I still just don’t get it!!!

Why is not going to cell like missing half of church?

If I were to have to explain to someone why I go to cell...............I would not have an answer for them because I don’t know why...............I just can’t see myself going anymore unless I know why I am going.

That is probably a question a lot of people have when first introduced to cell groups in church. As cells are a foundational part of what God has shown us to do here at Destiny Fellowship, it is absolutely vital that each person in the church understands why they are important and is committed to one.

What is a Cell?

A Cell is a small House meeting where evangelism, consolidation, edification and commissioning take place.

There are four hallmarks of a genuine cell: worship, nurture, fellowship and outreach.

Ask any medical student "What is a cell?" and they will explain that it is the basic building block of the body. Our bodies consist of millions and millions of cells working in unison. We cannot live without them. What is true of the physical body is true of the body of Christ, the Church.

The original church was founded in cells in the homes of the believers. It was God’s strategy for the church. In this way there was not only numerical growth but also spiritual growth in the church.

The Early Church grew both numerically and spiritually.

In this growth the following four things were accomplished:

• Winning (Evangelism),

• Connecting (to local body),

• Training (living fruitful for Christ),

• and Sending (walking in your calling)

Christ always dedicated Himself to a group of people, His disciples. He evangelized them, connected them, trained them up and sent them.

Here’s seven reasons why cells are so important (There are others as well, these are just seven major ones).

1. It is a Biblical principle. Jesus had a ’cell’ that he spent regular time with - His 12 disciples. In the book of Acts we are told that the early church met regularly in the temple and from house to house. Acts 20:20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. They met regularly in the large service and small group context.

2. It facilitates relationships. Jesus told us to go make disciplined followers. Matt.28:18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: 19Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 20Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."

Each one of us has a responsibility to do that. But how can we help people to be disciples if we have no relationship with them? It’s impossible. Relationship is built through talking, spending time together, discussing, praying together - Sunday mornings are good but not for that kind of activity.

Cells are the most effective way to facilitate relationship building - which is necessary to obeying Jesus’ commandment.

3. People don’t get lost. When the church is at 400 or 500 people so many people can come to service, go home and never meet anybody - never develop any friendships. They would get lost in the crowd.

Cells stop that from happening because everyone who goes to one has a personal relationship with a leader and other people.

If you didn’t go to a cell, you would have a hard time really getting connected?

4. It facilitates greater learning. Sunday mornings are good to learn & celebrate but what if someone has a question? They have no opportunity to ask it. What if they don’t understand something? They can’t stop the preacher and get him to explain it right then. But all this can and does happen in a cell.

We will see when cells are discussing the subject matter that is being taught on Sunday people will not only hear but will get answers to their questions & be able to put the Word into action in their life!

5. It releases people to do the work of the ministry (serving Jesus). Ephesians 4:11-14 talks about the job of Pastors, Evangelists, Prophets, Apostles and Teachers - it is to equip God’s people for ministry/serving Jesus. It is not just the Pastor’s job to lead, teach, and serve people; it is every believer’s job.

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