If a church wants to fly, it needs two wings!
A local church should have two wings, if it really wants to go places.
One wing we could call the main worship time on Sunday, when everyone is together to celebrate what God is doing. The other wing is made up of all the small groups that meet during the week and provide a closer form of fellowship, where we can really get to know each other as friends and help build one another up.
We see this two-winged dynamic in Acts 2:42-47 when the early church met in the temple courts in large gatherings and from house to house in their smaller groups. We see this same structure in Acts 5:42, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” Again in Acts 20:20, Paul says, “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.”
Some still say that the main celebration on Sunday is ‘proper church’, and we measure our progress by the size of the congregation. Others would point out that we only do real church when we meet with each other in smaller and more intimate groups.
But both these ‘wings’ of the church play a vital part, and during a recent special series of midweek prayer meetings it has become clear that what we call ‘home groups’ are in fact essential to our churches’ life, and that we should focus on developing these to bring balance and progress.
And what should these smaller home groups involve? Well it seems clear that the main ingredients of a meaningful home group experience should include a healthy mix of fellowship, learning, and prayer (Acts 2.42).
So, are we ready to fly in 2020?
May God bless us as we follow His leading.
Happy New Year!