Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. Colossians 4:15
READ: Colossians 4:14-18
In Paul’s epistles to the brethren at Colosse, he specifically identified Bro. Nymphas who had a house fellowship in his house.
Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. Colossians 4:15
Although the early church met regularly at the temple, synagogues and other places for large congregational meetings, they did not fail to meet in smaller units such as in members’ houses where they fellowshipped together. God is pleased with such gatherings and therefore recognises certain blessings from members of house fellowships, house fellowship leaders and members. God reserves certain blessings for members of house fellowships. Observe that Paul did not underrate the operation of house fellowship leaders and members. God reserves certain blessings for members of house fellowships. Observe that Paul did not underrate the operation of house fellowships in the church at Colosse. Beloved, learn from this that the success or otherwise of the house fellowship in your local assembly lies to a large extent on the church leadership. If the pastor takes it as a non-issue, the members will do the same. If the ministers refuse to attend house fellowship, church members will follow suit. The attitude of church leaders to house fellowship will determine to a large extent whether house-caring centres will succeed or not. What is your attitude to the house fellowship in your church?
Even though there were several house fellowship centres, the one in Bro. Nymphas’ house stood out for Paul to have mentioned it. Are you a house fellowship leader or host? What are you doing to make your centre stand out? Another Bible character that would not joke with house fellowship is Peter. After he was released from prison in Acts 12:1-17, his first point of call was the house fellowship at the house of John Mark’s mother, where members were probably taking turns in interceding for him until they secured his release. When he got there, he was not disappointed as the house leader had declared prayers for their pastor. Never underrate prayers said in house fellowship! The house fellowship is a very important arm of the body of Christ, every believer should therefore be an active member in one of them. As you do so, God will recognize and bless you.
Prayerfully select a house fellowship around where you live and become a committed member there. Also pray that all house fellowship centres worldwide will be locations of God’s power and presence.
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