By Wismath S. L.
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Maybe you are captured by a vision of a society that is more like the one God intended. Maybe you are unwilling to accept the fact that there are many people in your community who are living far from God, cut off from true hope, love, and wholeness. If you dare to believe that God’s will for your church goes beyond survival or even numerical growth, you can take heart from the cell-based churches that are being used by God to change their communities. Any congregation that shares Wesley’s passion for fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission will find that cell ministry is a practical, biblical strategy for equipping and releasing members to reach the world.
A Nation Is Changed In the eighteenth century, England was one of the most powerful nations in the world. Even so, turmoil was surfacing. The Industrial Revolution was causing huge economic change. There were a few who controlled the wealth, but many others were wretchedly poor. This was especially true in the cities. Social ills and immoral behavior permeated society. Children as young as five years old were forced to work twelve-hour days in the mines and factories. Less than four percent of the total population had any schooling at all.
However, I was not very good at applying Jesus’ principles. When I started as pastor of my first church after seminary, I asked a young man to meet with me regularly, hoping to disciple him. Although we talked about the Scripture and our life in Christ, I didn’t provide a clear direction or goal. I am sure that my young friend had no clue as to what I was hoping would happen through our time together. Eventually, we stopped meeting and I turned my full attention to developing the programs of the church.
A basis for the type by Wismath S. L.