Church Outside the Building


Sunday, March 22, 2020

I have always taught that the church is not a building but a group of people. The Coronavirus pandemic is testing whether we genuinely believe that. We cannot meet in our building, or gather anywhere as a large group for at least three weeks. Thanks to modern technology, we can still participate in a times of worship. But what about the “one anothers”?

  • In 1 Corinthians 12:25, Paul says that God composed the church, “that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”
  • In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, he writes, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
  • James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
  • In 1 Peter 4:10, Peter states, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

During this time when many in our church family may feel isolated, I encourage you to reach out with phone calls, text, and emails. See how people are doing and pray for them. Taking this sort of initiative may not come naturally to you, but with God’s help this crisis gives us an opportunity to grow.

Our church council is enlisting the help of several people to try to connect with everyone over the next month. But to truly be “the church,” we need everyone to participate.

Bryan Craddock


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