A personal reflection from CTiC Chair, David Gilbey
As updates about infection rates and news of further precautions concerning Coronavirus continue to flow in, many Christians are wondering if they should, for the time being, stop going to church?
But… remember, we ARE The Church, it is not simply about a weekly meeting or attending a few events! Christians are called to be representatives of Jesus, purveying his love and kindness wherever we live, work and everywhere we go.
For years now, I’ve sensed The Lord calling members of His Church, to increasingly leave the confines of their buildings, traditions and practices, alien to many in our post-Christian society, and determine to be much more a 24-7 presence of Jesus out in our communities. Many are starting to see this and are moving towards this model.
At this time of increasing national emergency, I believe we are being called to be, as in The Bible, an ‘Acts 2’ Church:
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs [including healings] performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts [the City centre of the day]. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved [decided to also become followers of Jesus].’
It is the perfect time for The Church, (us), to reposition, both in our thinking and physically. As death is being spoken about, we carry LIFE!
Let’s gladly stop simply ‘going to church’ and become in our communities, all that Jesus originally intended!