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Do Not Meet Up [by order of The Crown Virus]

‘Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that The Day of His return is drawing near…’ –Hebrews 10:25

Or in another translation it states ‘Not forsaking the assembling together of ourselves, as is the custom of some, but encouraging one another…’

If we are not to neglect or forsake assembling ourselves, what do we make of the situation we find ourselves in with an indefinite Corona Lockdown?

Some might say we haven’t given up meeting together, as we can conduct online worship services and zoom meetings…

But is anything lost by not meeting/assembling ourselves physically?

In Acts 2:42 it describes the disciples of Jesus devoting themselves to four things:

The apostles teachings

The fellowship

The Breaking of Bread

Prayer

It seems to me that 2 of the 4 can potentially be done online..

But it’s hard to fellowship online

It’s impossible to break bread together online, the eating of food together has not yet been digitalised

The Digitalisation of the Incarnation

Is there something particularly unique about being present in our bodies? If not- why did Jesus have to come from heaven to earth and take on a human body? Why couldn’t he have just lived his life in front of a screen and communicated to us via a live video link?

Consider these scriptures;

‘For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ – Matthew 18:20

If God’s temple, the place where His presence dwells on earth, is the gathering of his people together in His Name…what does that mean if we don’t physically gather together?

The Presence of God dwells with his gathered People on Earth

‘Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of your people’ – Psalm 22:3

God is enthroned, present, seated in the praises of His people. God is present in our praise. If we do not assemble to praise, does that mean God is no longer present in our midst? With church buildings all closed, up and down our land, does that mean God is now absent from our society?

If all the church buildings are closed, all the worship services in a location cancelled and people are afraid to meet up in Jesus’ Name, even in houses…do we need to announce Ichabod, the glory of the Lord has departed our nation?

Removed Lampstand

‘Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place’ – Rev 2:5

Or, in another translation, ‘repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand…’

What does this mean – I will remove your lamp stand?

The 7 lamp stands which you saw are the 7 churches (Revelation 1:20). In the unseen realm, the lamp stand is symbolic of the church which met on the earth. So if the lamp stand of the city of Ephesus is removed, it means the church has been removed from that location

What are the first works?

Well, we’ve read some of them already from Acts 2:42. A fully description of the Basic Practices of the Church are given in Acts 2:36-47 and a summary of the Basic Teachings of the Church are given in Hebrews 6:1-3

Let’s recap The Basic Teaching:

Repentance from dead works

Faith towards Jesus

Instruction about Baptisms

Laying on of Hands

Resurrection

The Judgment to Come

As a quick pop quiz, when was the last time you heard the basics of The Judgment to Come?

But why would Jesus remove His church (the lamp stands) from their place in the cities?

You can read more in my last article HERE

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Peter J. Farmer

Peter J. Farmer is a church planter working with teams and networks to catalyze new forms of church that murmurate into movements...

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