The Smallest Church

May 27, 2011 in Communities (F4) by CPM UK

‘If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.’- Matthew 18:19

Everybody agrees that the prayer of agreement is two people agreeing together! But when we read the next verse very few people seem to believe that ‘two’ means two and ‘three’ means three! No! Indeed, the Lord says what He means and means what he says. ‘Two’ in verse 19 is the same as ‘two’ in verse 20! The word or number does not suddenly change its meaning from one verse to the next! So when the Lord Jesus says, ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst’ (Matthew 18. 20) what does He mean? He means two or three! Not twenty or thirty! Not two hundred or three hundred! No! Two or three! Two or three baptised believers. And when you grow to four, you divide into two twos and train the other to be a future leader.

Group Dynamics facilitate participation
It is partly to do with Group Dynamics. When there are two or three, each one participates. But when there are more than three, only three participate at any one time. In 1 Corinthians 14 The Apostle Paul says that he wants everyone to prophesy (1 Corinthians 14. 1, 3, 5 and 31)—hear God speaking to them and then say what He tells them to say. He says everyone should bring God’s message. (1 Corinthians 14. 26 (original, ‘each one’); 14. 31)

In another verse he says two or three should speak God’s message. (1 Corinthians 14. 29) When two or three are gathered together,
that is each one speaks. Each one should have a hymn, each one a message from the Lord, each one exercise the spiritual gift God has given them. (1 Corinthians 14. 26) ‘Koinonia’94, New Testament fellowship involves each one participating.95 If there are more than two or three and each one participates in these ways then the meeting takes a very long time every day! There again, whenever we meet together, we should eat together. For two or three that is not difficult. For larger numbers it is more costly in time and money. Then there is another aspect. If unsaved neighbours see more than two or three visiting your home they will begin to ask questions, but two or three do not attract unwanted attention. In these days we must be security conscious.

The Largest Church
The Lord Jesus makes very clear the great importance of gathering together. ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My Name . . .’ (Matthew 18. 20); ‘ . . . As a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.’ (Matthew 23. 37); ‘The Harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the Harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest’ (Matthew 9. 37 and 38) ‘Anyone who is not for Me is really against Me; anyone who does not help Me gather is really scattering.’ (Luke 11. 23) We must ‘gather together’, but how many at a time? What is the largest church? The Lord Jesus says, ‘Three’! (Matthew 18. 20) Three baptised believers gathering together for Prayer, to Share and Care for one another! As they gather together they pray a very simple prayer, ‘Lord! Add one more! Lord, Add one more!’ And when there are four baptised believers, they must divide into two twos and continue in Prayer, to Share and to Care, praying, ‘Lord, Add one more! Lord, Add one more!’ And every time they grow to four baptised believers, they divide into two twos. In this way there is an adding to the church of the believers, the disciples multiply, the elders multiply and the churches multiply. As the two are meeting together, the leader trains the other one to be the assistant, ready for when they grow to four and they divide into two twos. The leader for the new Home Church has already been trained and equipped to do the work. As we follow the Lord’s clear instructions rather than the traditions of men, we find that the Lord adds to the church, each one participates; each one grows in the faith, in their knowledge of the Lord, in maturity and to the full stature of Christ (Ephesians 4. 13)

As we put 2 Timothy 2 into practice the body of Christ is built up, the disciples multiply and the elders multiply!

A most important N.T. principle in making disciples: ‘That which you have learned from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, that they may be able to teach others also.’

Now Pass It On to Others (2 Tim 2:2)

Source: Daud Bhai

 

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