March 18, 2020 - Online Bible Study

"The Church without a Building" - Dealing with Rapid Sweeping Changes for the Church

“The Church without a Building.”

Dealing with Rapid Sweeping Changes for the Church

The Reality:

  • The Covid-19 virus is real
  • The Covid-19 virus has real effects on real people, including our brothers and sisters
  • The Covid-19 virus is a global issue effecting people, economies, travel, supply lines and Christians.
  • Most, if not all of our congregations, have not dealt with a problem like this before. It is new territory.
  • The choice to react or to respond is ours to make.

 

What to Remember:

  • The church will not be beat by a virus.
  • The church will survive because it is an everlasting kingdom. (Daniel 2.44)
  • The church is strong. (Ephesians 4.11-16)
  • This is the time for the church to shine! (Matthew 5.14-16)

 

Question #1 – Since we are not having services, what can we do?

  • Remember, the early church survived without a building and we can too.
    • Acts 2.46
    • Acts 5.42
    • 1 Corinthians 16.19
    • Colossians 4.15
  • Remember the early church suffered great problems
    • Acts 8.1-4
    • Acts 12.2
  • You can still study.
    • 2 Timothy 2.15
    • Acts 17.11
  • You can still pray.
    • 1 Thessalonians 5.17
    • James 5.13

 

Practical Ideas for Social Distancing

  • Use this as a teachable moment
    • Deuteronomy 6.1-8
    • Even though we may suffer by not being together, this shows the bond of our spiritual family.
    • Remember, social distancing is not isolation.
      • Each one still has the ability to communicate with others.
      • Each one can still be of service to others.
    • Be an example that your faith is in God and not a building.
      • God dwells in a temple not made with hands. (Acts 7.48)
      • Christians are God’s temple. (1 Corinthians 3.16-17)
      • Jesus’ words to the woman and the well (John 4.20-24)

 

  • Spend time as a family
    • Our houses can become so big, we become distant.
    • Ephesians 6.1
  • Use what we have been given
    • Technology might be one of the greatest resources we have to educate ourselves, promote the message and strength our families.
    • Let this be a time to use what we are given:
      • The telephone
      • Text messages
      • Email
      • Social Media

 

Final Thoughts:

  • The church will make it through this speed bump on the road of life.
  • The world needs faithful Christians now more than ever before.
  • This can be your moment to shine.