BE LIKE OBEDEDOM. OPEN UP YOUR HOUSE FOR HOUSE FELLOWSHIP MEETING. ATTEND HOUSE FELLOWSHIP.
“And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the
Gittite three Months: and the LORD blessed Obededom and all his household”
2 Samuel 6:11.
TYPES OF HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTERS
We can identify two major types of House Fellowship Centers. These are Geographical and Homogeneous Home Cells Groups. The Geographical Home Cells are house fellowship centers which are established in sequel to a good acquaintance with the geography of a particular locality. This will include getting acquainted with the names of different regions in the locality, locations of the regions, configurations (shape or outline, method of arrangement) of the regions; elevations of regions including mountains, rivers, seas and lakes, the distribution of the inhabitants of the locality where the house fellowship centers are to be established including the location of the region on a map are of immense importance to the establishment of Geographical House Fellowship centers or Home Cell Groups.
There are two approaches to the establishment of the Geographical type of House Fellowship centers. These are age group classification –children, teenagers, adults in their twenties and thirties, elders – and other approach is the proximity approach – members of the same household, neighbors and friends within the same community.
There is some relationship between the age group classification and the proximity approach. Specifically, the proximity approach facilitates the age group classification and vice versa. Both are inter-related.
In addition to the Geographical Home Cells Group already discussed, church growth experts have identified what they call the Homogeneous Home Cell Groups – established to cater for peasant farmers in each area, lawyers, medical doctors, ex-drug addicts, ex-prostitutes, single parents, etc.
There are three approaches to the Homogeneous Home Cells Groups. These are Professional – Group Approach involving lawyers, medical doctors, engineers, bankers, accountants, lecturers, architects, etc. People with the same profession find it easy to relate together among themselves than with people of different professions. The second approach is the People – Group Approach – Yorubas, Ibos, Efiks, Hausas, Tivs etc.
A people- group is a group in which the people share the same culture and language. According to missionary leaders there are about six thousand people groups that still do not have a church. The easiest way to disciple a nation or people group is by establishing many house churches or Home Cell Groups.
The third approach is the Problem – Based Approach – ex-convicts, ex-drug addicts, single parents, ex-prostitutes, etc. Unless people with similar problems are allowed to relate together, smooth fellowship might be difficult to attain.
HOUSE FELLOWSHIP IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
During the life time of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, common ordinary houses (dwelling) were used for spreading the Gospel and for discipleship.
A critical analysis of the Gospel reveals the following;
- House Fellowship is a house where Jesus worshiped – Matt. 2:11
- House Fellowship is a house suitable for preaching, healing and deliverance meetings – Matt. 8:14-16.
- House Fellowship is worthy of Holy Communion Service. The first Holy Communion Service was held in a house – Matt. 26:18
- Jesus preached to crowds assembled in house – Mark 2:1
Ordinary dwelling houses were used during the Acts of the Apostles also for preaching the
gospel and for discipline new converts.
- Pentecost came to a House Church – Acts 2:1, 2; 2:46
- Saul, the persecutor attached the people of the way (Christians) in House Churches – Acts 8:3
- Prayers of brethren in a House Church delivered Peter from prison – Acts 12:5, 124. It was a House Church that opened the Gospel to the nations – Acts 10:24-27
- Lydia’s House was Europe’s first Church – Acts 16:40
- In Rome, Paul used his own rented house for spreading the good news – Acts 28:30-31