We all know that worship is an essential part of the Christian's life, both individually and corporately. But does worship belong in small groups?
That is like asking, does a heart belong in the human body? Does an operating system belong on a computer? Does peanut butter belong in a PBJ sandwich? Does chocolate belong in a chocolate-chip cookie?
Worship is the heart of a small group. It's what makes it run. It's what holds it together. It's what makes a sweet aroma, pleasing to God.
"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:46, 47).
"About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken" (Acts 16:25, 26). This is a great illustration of "cell worship"!
Jesus and His disciples worshiped together in the Upper Room at the Last Supper (Luke 14:26). The believers praised God together on Peter and John's release from prison, and "the place where they were meeting was shaken" (Acts 4:23-31).
When God's people gather together, it is just natural for them to worship. And, when they do, unbelievable things happen. Scripture demonstrates that when we worship in our homes, God shakes things up!
Why Don't We Worship More in Small Groups?
Worship belongs in small groups, but many factors keep groups from entering into it:
- Intellectualism. When knowledge of the Bible is the main objective, God gets crowded out. Agendaitus is the problem. The group simply does not have time in their tight schedule for worship and meaningful prayer. They may have Martha's Syndrome: they are too busy doing things to sit at the feet of the Master.