Contrary to contemporary church practice, the earliest Church did not congregate together in large numbers. No, the common practice of Jesus’ first disciples was to meet in small groups from house to house. Think about your own family and friends. Developing close bonds with others occurs eye-to-eye, talking in a relaxed manner having coffee around a campfire or a meal at a table.
“Day by day continuing with one mind in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house; they were taking their meals together with gladness of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:46-47
The Temple was not the prototype of the local Church. Priests were not preachers, and the people did not sit in pews. God’s purpose for the Temple was that it would be where the Jewish people worship Him and offer His prescribed sacrifices. It was the place where God-fearers from among the Nations could watch and learn what worship was all about. The instruction of the congregation was not a significant part of the Temple program. On Pentecost, the 3,000 Jews who became Jesus followers left the Temple Mount and took up their Master’s assignment of doing the work of His New Kingdom program where they lived and worked.
Small Groups Training
Building and leading small groups requires some planning and preparation. Hospitality is an overlooked gift of the Spirit, essential to building small groups. On this website, we offer both the Bible resources and a strategy to equip you to reach your neighborhood with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Step-by-step, Disciple Daily will help you acquire a small-group mindset and leadership skills. Everything you need to get started is here for you to use free-of-charge, right now.
The earliest Church exploded in the place where life makes up its mind, in the homes of those who belonged to Him. Holy Spirit led small groups changed the world 2,000 years ago. One person, one household, one neighborhood at a time He still does. The big question is, “Will you join Him?”
If your answer is “yes,” this is what you need to do next:
- Subscribe to the E-Pistle and open a member account.
- Explore our Stories of God series. Begin learning the Story of Creation, the first story.
- Watch your email for new small groups offers and opportunities.