by Rev. Sarah Locke
I have to admit, that with almost a decade of ministry behind me, I have not always been a 7 day a week disciple. Disciples listen to God’s word through scripture and the Spirit and then daily attempt to live in such a way that they reflect the WORD in their lives.
It isn’t that simple, and some days are easier than others.
The current coronavirus pandemic with its stay at home mandates has left churches unable to hold worship, Sunday school, youth group, and other events. In response to this, I have developed a resource I am calling “Sunday school @ Home”. This is designed for families to wonder together about God.
As we practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, we are faced with new challenges. One of them is the mandate for churches to not gather and meet in hopes to flatten the curve.
But one thing that all of this is doing is reminding us is that the church is not a building. We are the church. You are the church. (Sound familiar?)
In the midst of this “new normal,” here are four ideas for being missional right now.
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.” (1 Thessalonians 3:9-10, NRSV)
The Thessalonian Christians stuck out like a sore thumb.
They were not like anybody! In their world religion, business, and social position were all interconnected. Because they worshiped Jesus Christ, and not other gods, they were not considered a part of the “in” group. They were no longer accepted in society and were considered outcasts. They were rejected by most of society.
“And the Lord God commanded the [human], ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” (Genesis 2:16-17, NRSV)
Have you ever been told what NOT to do?
As a parent, I feel like I spend a ton of time telling my daughters not to do something. “Don’t throw your food on the floor.” “Don’t hit your sister.” “Don’t talk to people like that.” “Don’t run into the ocean.”