We met as usual, as we have been meeting for years, for praise, worship, breaking bread together, prayer, etc. But just Wendy and me.
A sense of the presence of God. A sense of being empowered for the week ahead.
We considered the foundations upon which we build. That the Bible is God’s word and reliable. That all it says is reliable, with regard to God and his purposes, people, promises, etc. We build on that.
We hear that some churches are struggling, and we prayed for them. But how different the foundations of some. Some have a ‘priesthood’, whereas the Bible says we are all the priesthood. Some have elaborate buildings, whereas the Bible church met from house to house, and hired halls for larger meetings.
Some have ‘staff’, and pay ‘wages’ and ‘stipends’, and as the work increases, take more onto the ‘payroll’,
whereas in the Bible church, those called moved out into ministry and found their needs met as the Spirit moved believers to support them. Sometimes the supply was not there, which was quite OK, as they were not averse to returning to secular work as and when necessary. Paul periodically made tents.
Are some ministers today greater than Paul, and deserving full time, all the time, salaries? I may seem cynical and critical, but I love those in other churches because they are our brothers and sisters in the one true Church. However, foundations are important, and some of the churches’ struggles during this pandemic could be seen as a wake-up call. But unless they see the Bible as God’s word, and build on his foundations….
We meet again next Sunday, same time, same place, and when you are allowed to join us, you will be welcome.