We are the Church
by Ruth Croft 21 March 2020
This is the first in a series of short thoughts and messages to encourage us in these days of uncertainty and concern.
We are the Church; let me just repeat that. WE ARE THE CHURCH!!
Our church buildings may have closed their doors for the moment, but it is worth reminding ourselves that our buildings are not The Church.
In normal times, our buildings are open to all. They unite us with our communities as we gather in them for services, meetings, coffee, etc. Sometimes we even disagree about them, but we are more than our buildings.We are the Church!
In the Bible, church is always a reference to people, not a place. The church is a body of believers that live out the Gospel in their words and actions.
In Ephesians 2:19-22, we read
In the coming days, when we will have enforced ‘time out’, we have an opportunity to ‘be the church’ to each other, to neighbours, friends and strangers alike. Pick up the phone, send a message (text, email or letter is fine). Also, uphold each other in prayer until we see the light of Christ in each other’s faces again.
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