“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” vs. 42
As places of worship have closed their doors through the course of this pandemic, leaders have regularly reminded believers that the Church has not been closed, and they’re one hundred percent correct. The Church has never been about steeples, sanctuaries, or classrooms, and Luke’s description in Acts remains accurate to this day. The Church is the people of God, called by the Holy Spirit, who devote themselves to scripture, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer. And what we’ve discovered is that locked doors have actually opened the way to ever more creative ways of celebrating that fellowship. Pastors are preaching and their sermons are going viral. Technology has made it possible for personal connections to continue and prayers to be shared–we’re seeing people as they really are and not in their Sunday best. We even can see inside their homes! Many congregations are keeping in touch far more effectively than ever before and some are even finding ways to break bread together. Granted, we’re missing the physicality of corporate worship, but that deprivation will only make it sweeter when restrictions a. What we have discovered is that being united in Christ Jesus gives us a presence that cannot be stifled or curtailed. We are the Body of Christ, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against us, and a mere pandemic doesn’t have a chance!
Thought for the Day: What is my congregation doing to connect with me?