Home Cell (Bible study) this week was very different, by design. I had 3 topics to talk on, but after Sunday’s service (Check out Charlie’s comments) I felt it would be better to spend some time praying and chatting about life stuff.
Since next week is our first “Open House” week for the cell, I thought it would be good to get everyone up to speed as to what its all about and to try and mobilise everyone to do something and not just sit at home alone. We got some good suggestions as to what we could do, but it seemed like “house warming” was the most popular (since 4 of us are moving house, its a great reason to get friends to come around for supper)
Gizelle was keen to organise going to visit a hospital, but with the organisation and effort involved in arranging that, I thought we should leave it for a later stage. That will be VERY stretching for people in the home cell, so I’m kinda keen to let people settle a bit in the new cell before they’re moved right out of their “comfort zones”. (And I think maybe I’m also a unsure of how it would work, and if it would work)
I just realised that I said cell was “different by design”, but I didn’t say too much about how. Firstly we had no worship (this has got to be a first for most of the people there). Secondly, we had no “teaching”. Instead we chatted about what we’d be doing next week for the “Open House”, and a few other things. We did a “highs and lows” session. (Everyone mentioned their High and Low points of the past week) It was actually quite interesting to learn how everyone thinks – what affects them and how.
That sparket LOTS of talk about the fast, Starla’s message, various things on peace, humility, and “why we worry about all these little things like ‘jobs’ and other stressors, instead of focussing on God and His plan for us”. I was impressed with the knowledge that our group has… lots of questions and problems were answered, people were encouraged, and I think we were all a little more vulnerable than we normally are.
We ended with an awesome testimony of a kid (Grant) who was VERY ill (for some reason the name of the disease slips my mind right now… I think it was a form of cancer), who had basically not had the strength to walk/talk/eat for a month (or two?). Keri asked us to pray for him at our last homecell 2 weeks ago, and we did.
Last week he got up, was walking around, talking and eating… aparently his mom was blown away to see some of his personality come back. He aparently still has a way to go coz he needs to recover enough for them to treat some other issues, but he’s improved from just a few percent (like 1 or 2%), to almost 60% of where he needs to be. So that was awesome! Its amazing what just a little prayer to our almighty God can do. 🙂
We ended off with some prayer for the “open house” next week, and for the Elders (who were away getting guidance, strategy, etc for the next season) as well as some other prayer requests that people brought. It was very cool.