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July 10, 2020
As your church reopens its physical doors, how can you build community in a post-pandemic world? What does that look like?
June 11, 2020
The Church is built around community.
In the Book of Acts, we read this about the church in Jerusalem:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
But what happens when there’s a pandemic?
How does the coronavirus affect your church community?
How can your church be the Church in a post-pandemic?
Every church has had to adapt to life under quarantine, even as many church buildings remain closed until further notice.
But here’s the deal:
Your church can continue to be the Church.
Now, what being the Church looks like today will be different from the way it looked before COVID-19, and that’s okay.
To prepare your church for the post-pandemic, don’t focus on the present or what may or may not be in the future.
Instead, look to the past—in particular, study the Bible for inspiration.
To help you get started, here are four ways the twenty-first-century Church can channel its first-century counterpart from Acts 2:42:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
Let’s take a closer look!
The apostles taught what they learned from Jesus during the three years they spent following Him. They also showed how the central message of the Old Testament was always about Christ all along—even if the Jewish leaders of their day didn’t recognize it.
Today, we have the Old and New Testaments as a record of this teaching.
So how do we remain devoted to Scripture when we can’t gather to hear it preached?
The Greek word translated “fellowship” is koinonia, a word that carries the sense of having common interests, of sharing life together. It’s no wonder, then, that just a couple of verses later, we read, “All the believers were together and had everything in common” (Acts 2:44). They shared each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), and we can do the same.
This probably refers to sharing meals together and to the observance of the Lord’s Supper.
We may not be able to enjoy lunch with the whole church family after services these days, but there are a few ways we can still break bread together.
Now more than ever, the people of God need to join together in prayer for one another, prayers for their church, for our country, and for the world.
From those early days in Jerusalem down to the present, local churches have always had one thing in common: we’re all waiting for the Lord’s return.
As we move toward being the Church in a post-pandemic world, may we be reminded that when Jesus does return, there will be no more sickness or mourning or fear—and we will all come together once again for a meal two thousand years in the making (Rev. 19:6–9).