CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES | SINGAPORE
BIBLICAL REASON FOR A CELL GROUP
1. Community and Fellowship |
In Acts 2:42-47, the early believers devoted themselves to fellowship, breaking bread together, and praying. They met regularly in homes, sharing their lives, needs, and resources. This emphasises the importance of community and the mutual support that comes from gathering together in smaller groups.
2. Discipleship and Teaching |
Jesus modeled the importance of small group discipleship through His interactions with His twelve disciples. He invested in their lives, teaching them, and equipping them for ministry. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands His followers to make disciples, teaching them to observe all that He commanded. Small groups provide an ideal setting for in-depth study, discussion, and growth in discipleship.
3. Accountability and Encouragement |
Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages believers to consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together. Small groups provide a context for accountability, where members can encourage, challenge, and support one another in their faith journey.
4. Prayer and Support |
In James 5:16, believers are urged to confess their sins to one another and pray for each other. Small groups offer a safe space for vulnerability, where members can share their struggles, joys, and prayer requests. They can intercede for one another, providing spiritual and emotional support.
5. Spiritual Gifts and Service |
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 teaches that each believer has been given spiritual gifts for the common good. Small groups provide an opportunity for members to discover, develop, and utilize their gifts in service to one another and the wider community.
6. Love and Unity |
Jesus emphasized the importance of love and unity among His followers in John 13:34-35. Small groups foster an environment where members can practice love, forgiveness, and unity in a more intimate setting, building deeper relationships and growing in Christlikeness.