Remember this statement? “Our purpose is to get a church’s congregation out into the community to just be a friend to others in Jesus’ Name through small outreach groups and being willing to do whatever it takes such as to host or lead a small outreach group in your church’s community or wherever God wants you to do it.”

The Biblical Truth today is “Exponential Growth” through Out Reach Groups. 
2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
2  x  2  x  2 - You are looking for your Active Membership to provide homes and to lead in house groups or a house of a friend, neighbor, family and/or another member of the church. Each house group leadership should accept the purpose of justbeafriend.org as stated in the above precepts. People in a group must have the desire to invite people from the community to their group.

Can we ever regain what the early New Testament Church had??

Acts 2:42-47, “42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

Acts 5:42, “42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

Acts 16:12-15, “12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.”

Acts 16:25-34, “25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.”

Acts 16:40, “40 So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.”

Acts 20:17-24, “17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

1 Corinthians 16:17-19, “17 I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. 19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.”

Philemon 2, “2 to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:”

Colossians 4:14-16, “14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. 16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.”

House groups are not something new and are not an alternative. This truth is a part of the whole. It is a Biblical truth that we as Southern Baptists have put an emphasis on for many decades through the International Mission Board around the world. We should see this as a part of a whole; as part of all that a church is already doing to share the Gospel. It is not something to take up and allow other outreach ministries to be dropped. It is an outreach ministry to be utilized with others as members in our churches feel the call and are equipped by leadership to carry out such a ministry. But look back at the first ten truths mentioned. These must be understood and agreed upon by all concerned.

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