House fellowship is a fundamental mechanism of church growth and discipleship. As Christians, we are called to a relationship with God and neighbours especially within the church; Matthew 22:36-40 reads: 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
Gathering together in small groups outside of the regular place of worship gives us the opportunity to build relationships, nurture spiritual growth, and encourage each other through testimonies and the sharing of the scriptures in a more informal and relaxed setting. This helps develop trust between members of the congregation and creates an avenue for spiritual gifts to be discovered.
House fellowship also enables members of the groups to experience the effectiveness of corporate prayers. Matthew 18:119-20 reads: 19 “Again[a] I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”