by: Larry Evans
BE the Church
Like many of you, I’ve found myself reeling from the news and events surrounding COVID-19. School closings, a ban on meetings over 100 (excluding churches – we will still meet), cancelling of national sports venues, people being told to stay home or away from people; it’s all a little overwhelming.
Last night as I pondered what this means for FBC Cloudcroft (we plan to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as needed), I began to see an amazing opportunity for ministry. As the Church, we may have opportunities to minister to people who get ill. Meals, cards, visits (on the phone or Face Time) would be a wonderful way to meet a need and encourage someone. For those in high risk categories who may choose to stay home and away from crowds, streaming worship services, visits and Bible Study and devotional materials would be welcomed. Even this morning, Cynthia (our Children’s Ministry Coordinator) is organizing Monday lunches for the kids during the three weeks school is closed. I can see many ministry opportunities in the days ahead.
I began thinking. This is a great way to BE the church. We often think of “going to church” and by that we mean gathering together to worship and study, but we often forget that we ARE the Church. Maybe it could look like Acts 2:42-47
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
In these crazy, uncertain times, what if we began to see opportunities for ministry? There may be a time when (God forbid), for a period, we will not be able to “go to church.” There will never be a time however, that we cannot BE the Church.
Instead of these being frightening times, these can be exciting times.
Let’s BE the Church!