One of Paul’s primary expectations for his disciples was the transmission of what he taught to others. In fact, he wrote Timothy,
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (2 Tim 2:2)
This is what we call a four generation model of discipleship. Paul (G1) taught Timothy (G2) who was entrusted to teach faithful people (G3) who would teach others (G4). It is this model of discipleship that produces exponential growth and one of the reasons why the early church exploded onto the Roman Empire in the first century.
Below are short Bible studies intended to help individuals participating in house churches or small groups to go a bit deeper in their understanding of what the early church believed. Based on a discovery learning study method, these studies help guide groups to discover important biblical and theological principles of the Christian life. These are not prescriptive studies, rather, they facilitate learning in a community of believers. Feel free to download them and use them for your house church or small group.
Studies for the Group Leader
Leading a House Church or Small Group
Multiplying House Churches and Small Groups
Preparing a Personal Testimony
The Ministry of Reconciliation
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit