Read Matthew 16:13-20
We are examining key words that are crucial for navigating our way through this COVID-19 / stay-at-home world. We have already explored:
So many things seem fragile. Restaurants are only open for pick up or drive through. Stores that you once frequented are not open for business. Companies and factories have shut down production. Maybe you are even out of work. The financial impact of all of this is unclear. Will businesses come out on the other side unscathed? If you had investments, they may not be worth anywhere near what they were a mere six weeks ago. Things that we once took for granted seem tenuous.
Is there anything out there that is bullet proof, impervious to all that is going on? Is there anything that can, without a doubt, survive the unpredictable rollercoaster ride of the times?
Yes. The Church.
You may wonder about that one. After all, if you drive by a local church on a Sunday, you may see only a car or two in the parking lot. Of course, most of us know it, but the Church really is not a building. It is the body of Christ comprised of genuine followers of Jesus. Jesus said that “the gates of Hades will not overcome” the Church. If all of the forces of Hell cannot overpower it, I rather believe that the Church will not succumb to the COVID-19 virus.
Of course the global Church is reflected in local churches. Here is where church life is lived out. While it includes worship and teaching that speak to the value of “services” (even online), the local church is so much more. It includes people who are assuming personal responsibility to grow in faith (Jude 20). The local church is comprised of people committed to encouraging one another…even through creative means (Heb. 10:23-25). Our church is to be characterized by a love for God and for our neighbors (Matt. 22:34-40) that expresses itself in doing good to all at this unprecedented time in history (Gal. 6:10). Our church is to joyfully declare the message of the gospel of Jesus to a world that needs to hear the message (Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16).
The role that God designed the local church to play cannot be replaced by any other individual or organization. Many of the needs represented just now are ones that the local church is best situated to address. Now, more than ever, Grace Church is one church in thousands of locations. You express the Church’s indestructibility by playing your part.