A word partner is someone you share a verse of scripture with every day. In our small groups, every month I send reminders to make sure everyone is keeping up with their word partners.
The communication can be via SMS or WhatsApp. This helps to build a relationship with that person and also helps us to be accountable to each other especially your word partner. Let us say today your quiet time was Matthew 4:4, you can send something like this:
My verse today is But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
(Matthew 4:4 KJV)
This is telling us how much God’s word is important to our lives even more than physical food. It reminds me of “BBB” Bible before breakfast and Bible before Bed. I think it’s a great slogan you and I can pick up. What do you think?
You send this to your word partner every day. When you don’t receive from the person in a day or two you know something is wrong. As a pastor, I encourage you to have your cell leaders as word partners and anyone you see is struggling spiritually in church.
When someone does not know how to start, you can introduce them to You Versions’ verse of the day as a start. They can read that and write how they understand it. Watch how people become crazy about scripture and not only that but you develop a friend you can grow with alongside.
Be convinced that an increase in the word of God will cause an increase in growth
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly…
Practical Ways To Establish Word Partners
- It should be done at the small group level. They can be paired at that level
- The small group leader can be word partners with all the members
- WhatsApp broadcast list is a good way to message once and all word partners get it. Make sure they have all saved your phone number