Many Christian leaders agree that God’s desire during Covid-19 has been to mould his Church into something new.
We are all like clay in the hands of the Lord, who is “our potter” (Isaiah 64:8). What kind of clay will you and I be? Hardened clay is much like old wineskins, which crack when new wine is poured into them. We must not become hardened by our church rituals, ministries or boundaries, but allow the new wine of the Lord’s Spirit to change us.
Jesus wants us only to worship him
As believers living in a relatively free society, we have been able to “do church” inside a building. But we must not worship our church traditions; Jesus wants us only to worship him “in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him” (John 4:23).
Believers must not identify as Baptists, Anglicans, Charismatics, Pentecostals or by any other man-made terminology. God wants to “sanctify and cleanse [his Church] with the washing of water by the word, that he might present her to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing…” (Ephesians 5:26-27).
A Church that has been “brought to complete unity” (John 17:23, NIV) will identify foremost as a group of believers who are “in Christ” – a unity that transcends all geographical and social boundaries.
Rev David Foster
Minister of Manor Park Christian Centre
Manor Park, London E12