Every ministry is built on a philosophy of ministry or way that something works. Home Groups at Grace are built on four ingredients: Biblical Foundation; Relational Environment, Intentional Discipleship and Reproductive Process. This article addresses the Biblical aspects of the Biblical Foundation. It sounds obvious, but what are several Scriptures that outline the reasoning for a Biblical Foundation in Home Groups?
The Bread of Heaven Feeds Home Groups
The first basis is that Scripture is the Bread of Heaven. Home groups are designed for growth and bread has throughout history been considered a staple food for growth. Therefore, Scripture is necessary for growth in home groups. Matthew records for us, “But He answered and said, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matt. 4:4 NKJ) In other words, the Scriptures are even more important than the essential physical ingredient for growth.
The Building Foundation Establishes Home Groups
Jesus explains how obedience to God’s Word is like building on a firm foundation. The spiritual life is not about merely knowing Scriptures, but actually obeying them. This means they must be understood and then put into application. Home groups are a great place for personal application, especially in the “Making application from the message” portion of the Message Based Discussion Questions. Jesus said,
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matt. 7:24-27 NKJ)
The Truth that Sets People Free in Home Groups
Home Groups follow the lead of worship services and fellowship groups. They continue the process God intends, through Scripture, of setting people free. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJ) Home groups are uniquely designed to help people become intimate with Scripture so that it becomes more than a mental understanding; it becomes part of their life to set them free from sinful patterns. The greater grasp of Scripture people have in application, the more significant will their freedom be from the temptations of the flesh, the world and the devil.
Jesus is the Truth for Home Groups
The whole focus of home groups is to help people see that Jesus is the Truth and solution for every situation in life. He is not merely the greatest personage in history. He is not merely the most influential person in history. He is not merely a good teacher of the Truth. He is the fullness of Truth as Truth. Scripture gives us a part of who Jesus is. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJ) Our understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ will deepen our desire to please Him and fulfill His will to make disciples who make disciples. The Biblical Foundation will drive us to know Jesus and will set the standard for every aspect of functioning in home groups.
The Bible in Home Groups Sets Followers Apart for God’s Purposes
There is one resource that is essential for God’s purposes in home groups and that is the Bible. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17 NKJ) The word “sanctify” means “to set someone or something apart for a purpose.” God’s intention is that His Word sets the disciple apart for God’s purposes. God’s Word is the foundation for home group growth.
A Biblical Foundation may seem obvious as a part of the home group ministry, but it can never be minimized. In a day when groups and churches are demeaning the importance and power of Scripture, we will highlight the importance of Scripture. The writer of Hebrews wrote, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12 NKJ) Furthermore, David wrote in the great Psalm 138, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Ps. 138:2 NKJ) The Jewish people highlighted the name of God above everything. They would not even write out the name Yahweh. As a people that magnified the name of God, the Lord magnified His Word above His name. God’s Word is the tangible foundation upon which all ministry must be built.