As of the current date, April of 2020, the United States, and the world, finds itself in the middle of a crisis. The Church has been majorly impacted as well, with some wondering if things will ever be “normal” again.
Of course, this could depend upon our view of “normal” for the Church. Is it assembling every Sunday morning in a large building where we sing praises to God, give tithes and offerings for His work, and hear the Pastor deliver a Bible teaching? I would probably say this has become the standard of what the Church would consider “normal” over the last 50 or so years.
So, must the Church return to “normal?” Or, should we embrace a “new” form of normal? Could God be breaking through traditional means in order to bring a “new thing” into being?
Covering the Basics First
First of all, let’s address some Scriptural basics about the Church (meaning the collective body of Christ, the collective body of Christans):
These form some of the foundational aspects of the Church and its operation, with the entire New Testament adding more detail about its structure and practices.
Notice what these verses tell us about the Church:
Considering what the foundations mean from our list above, we cannot conclude that these are merely confined to one gathering inside a physical building. This does not mean that what we consider a “normal” Sunday service was wrong nor does it mean that we cannot return to such observances in due course. I feel sure we will in time.
However, especially in this unprecedented season, we must understand that the Church and its full potential is not and never has been confined to meeting together in a physical building. Though Christians everywhere certainly look forward to returning to such gatherings, let’s open our hearts to God’s desire to break us out of the confines of that mentality.
Why Can’t These Foundational Scriptures Apply In 2020, when we are meeting “online”? Why can’t they be done “virtually”?
We must understand that the CHURCH is not confined to a building or even to a physical gathering, although this may still be the best. Yet, let’s see how these Scriptures apply to “online” ministry?
But, I believe that in this season, God is doing a “new thing” in the earth (see Isaiah 43:19) and is breaking out from the traditions of what we consider to be “normal.”
His heart is to reach the world, and He is opening up new ways and new methods to accomplish this great feat.
Christians, we must realize this new reality: We now have an opportunity of a lifetime to partner with Him. He is inviting us to do our part and literally “BE” the Church to our world and our communities in fresh ways and through fresh avenues. Perhaps some of these have been used before, perhaps some not.
The opportunity is before us, fellow Christians. And the opportunity’s call is for every Christian.
God is calling on each and every believer to join Him in this great work.
God has gifted each Christian – YOU - with a specific calling and talent to be used for Him. Most of these gifts can be found in Rom. 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Corinthians 14.
YOU and I have a gift – and now is the time for us to use them!
Now is the time for every Christian to Embrace the New Thing that God is doing in 2020 and be a part of it. Eternity hangs in the balance for many people – will we reach them? Will we serve them with our gifts, even if we now must do so in new ways?
May every Christian rise to the challenge that God is laying before us!
To assist you in this pursuit, Covenant Truth Ministries has prepared a “PRACTIAL GUIDE TO CREATIVELY EMBRACING THE NEW THING GOD’S DOING”.
As long as you use this resource for its intended Christian and loving purpose, you may freely download, copy, and distribute this guide as the Lord wills.
May God find each of us faithfully serving Him when He returns!
Download this Practical Guide (HERE).