Kingdoms rise and fall. Wars and pandemics come and go. God ordained it to be this way. We need not doubt or succumb to fear. He anticipated every contingency. There is nothing new under the sun. We best view our current situation as "more of the same…” or "it's what was expected.”
The Great Commission applies until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) This is what guarantees our resiliency. The essence of true Christianity and spiritual community will adapt, survive, and prosper. History has born witness to this; Jesus himself promised this.
We admire people like ADONIRAM JUDSON, one of our first American foreign missionaries. They built their first zayat in Burma in 1819. Along the way, they had to lose shoes, chairs, style of preaching and pulpit. But it was through a zayat that their first real convert appeared.
This is our “such a time as this.” We may not find a Burmese zayat as useful as social media and video conferencing. But we are adapting. Unknowns about the future keep us on our toes and ready to roll with the punches. We should be prepared to adapt even beyond what we have yet considered.
Church can be stretched and shaped many different ways… and still be church. It will carry on without shedding the doctrinal and functional essence Jesus endowed it with.
No, we don’t get excited about dying in a pandemic. But we can be excited about what the Lord intends to do through his churches.
God bless us all...!
Yes...! As of July 5, 2020, my book is now available on Amazon.com.
It's a new book about an old problem: the cross and the crown… the Gospel and politics… do they mix? Should they mix?
If my words generate some reflection and healthy conversation—as in more light and less heat—I will be satisfied.
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Greg grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 37 in Mexico. Church planting and discipleship have been his passion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." -Matthew 13:44
GREG'S other BLOG
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6