What to do as a home cell leader
- Discuss the homework (scriptures on leader responsibility).
- Discuss the meaning of “responsibility” (see Lesson One).
- Read the scripture below and then discuss specifically 1Samuel 16:7.
6And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 9Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 10Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. 11And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. – 1 Samuel 16:6-13
- Can you think of another example in the Bible where a strong leader was sometimes judged on his outward appearance?
- Who was the person that they were told not to focus on his outward appearance?
- Who was the one who ended up being anointed?
How to treat those who are weak
See Romans 15:1; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:25-26; and James 5:19-20.
Why are they weak? Discuss.
- Be careful. We often judge people on outward appearance. Do not fall in the same trap. See Romans 14:17-18; and Philippians 3:17-19.
- Why are you doing what you are doing?
- What is your motive?
- Self-study: 1Timothy 3:3 and 6:10; and Titus 1:7.
- See what God is looking for: Nehemiah 1:4-5; Ezekiel 13:5 and 22:30; and 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.
- We are commanded to teach our people as seen in Matthew 28:19, Hosea 4:6 and 6:1-3. Are we doing it? Discuss.
- Self-study: Nehemiah 8 and 9 (see the reaction of the people, in Hebrews 5:12-6:3)
- How to handle disputes: See Matthew 18:16-18 and discuss.
God is looking for a commitment. Consider it carefully. See Isaiah 6:8 and Acts 9:6. What about you? Are you committed to be a home cell leader? Can you be trusted in the long term?
Homework: Consider how to treat/handle those who are weak.
Memory verses:2 Chronicles 7:14 and Acts 9:6.