HAVING CHURCH WHEN THERE IS NO CHURCH

Acts 2:42-44 – And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

We are living in an unprecedented time for our generation. The whole globe is being shut down by this strange virus. The last time anything close to this happened was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Even my friends in the Phillipines and Africa are dealing with the pestilence called Carona. We are being challenged financially, in our health, as well as the unprecedented time of not gathering for our church worship services. The Bible has answers for us in whatever we are facing in life. In today’s passage we can find some answers in dealing with situations where we may not be very comfortable.

There was chaos after Jesus raised from the dead. Earthquakes in Jerusalem during the crucifixion and again at the Resurrection. Many thousands of people were in Jerusalem from all over their world at Passover who were effected by the earthquakes and the spiritual outpouring at Pentecost. Many did not leave Jerusalem for years. It was a time of recovery from disaster and sorting through what the death and resurrection of Jesus meant. The extra population that remained in Jerusalem after that initial outpouring caused major financial problems. Persecution and threats were hindering public meetings. In today’s verses we find their response.

First, they were devoted to the apostles’ teaching. Today, we are following those same teachings recorded for us in the New Testament. With more time on our hands in our current situation we can dig into God’s word, read some solid spiritual books (I’m still reading the old stuff), and pay close atention to the teaching of the pastors through blogs and livestream meetings. Next, they continued in fellowship. Even though we can’t have many of our physical meetings at this tiime we can still conttinue in fellowship. For example, I feel an amazing spiritual unity in our nightly prayer meetings. I love this nightly spiritual connection with our church. Also, this is a great time to reach out to others in our life groups and other areas of influence. Phone calls of encouragement and zoom meetings can go a long way. You may be isolated but you don’t have to live isolated. The early church also continued in the breaking of bread. This was probably an early form of our communion service. Taking communion regularly and looking to the blood of Jesus for protection is essential in our current situation. His blood still saves us, delivers us from sin, protects us, and heals us of our diseases. They were obviously committed to prayer. Worship and intimacy with God is our very life source. This is where we grow everyday. Finally, they were practising supernatural giving. Property, resources and goods were given and shared. The future looked very unpredictable (like ours today) but giving had become a way of life. There was not only supernatural giving but supernatural harvest as well. We should all get hold of God and His word like never before. Unprecedented days of harvest for our resources and souls are just ahead.

5 Replies to “HAVING CHURCH WHEN THERE IS NO CHURCH”

  1. There is so much more here going on, and leaning on our own limited understanding, we could miss the glorious work being done right now. Thank you Holy Spirit for speaking to us “suddenly” as this year came into focus. Speaking of focus, with so much shut down (not conceivable even a month ago) being wise with our time, especially filling our lamp stands and remaining or becoming faithful, is a good start.s

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