As church services begin to resume, some of us may feel reluctant to go back. One believer shares her thoughts—and mixed feelings about going back to church.
Beep! A message appeared on my phone: “Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are glad to inform you that the Sunday Service will resume weekly starting from 11 October (Sunday) at 945am.”
With the latest announcements that churches will be allowed to hold congregational services for up to 100 people, many churches have opened their doors for corporate worship, of course with safe distancing measures in place.
To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about this news. The commuting time I’ve saved from travelling to and from church has granted me true Sabbath rest. I’ve been enjoying the extended time with the Lord in praying, reading, and reflecting on His Word before joining the body of Christ in corporate worship online. And after service, the day stretches before me. I’ve been able to join an online Bible study with church mates, have a good lunch with my family, read a book, or engage in other activities that remind me of the Lord’s goodness—or just recharge for the week ahead.
Not only that, not going to church physically means that I can attend a Chinese church service with my pre-believing parents, who would otherwise not step into a church.
Perhaps you, too, share my mixed feelings about the reopening of churches. But I was reminded of three biblical truths about church that helped me process my feelings. Perhaps they’ll inspire you too:
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. —1 Peter 2:5
The apostle Peter reminds us that believers are living stones within a spiritual house. Each of us is significant, and each has a purpose. The church is made up of you and me. And together, we are priests, interceding for others before God and representing God to others. Assembling with God’s people to sing, pray, observe the ordinances, and listen to the preaching of God’s Word can help reinforce this unity—something which online services may not do so well.
This doesn’t mean that online services are bad. For those who can’t make it to church physically every week, such as elderly folks and those who cannot leave the house for various reasons, livestreaming church services allows everyone to feel like a participating member of the body of Christ, wherever they are.