On the heels of disastrous events, the gospel has unprecedented opportunity. When God has done the work of shaking their foundations, many people are ready to look to him for the first time. COVID-19 presents us with a divine opportunity to point people to Christ as we cling to God’s promise to continue to work his good purpose on earth.
We are living in upside-down days, and we should pay attention when a global pandemic strikes. Whatever else God is doing, he is waking the world up to our fragility of life and the reality of divine judgment.
We have never stepped into a moment like the one we are currently experiencing. But while this situation is new, our calling has not changed. The gospel is still the most important message in the world, and we are still called upon to tell it.
As believers, we are called to run toward tragedy and not away from it. Faithful Christians have done this throughout many generations. Let's be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
Let the local church be faithful in this moment, acting as the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick, and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
In society—now more than ever—we seem incapable of uniting around anything other than affinity groups. Where in our society is there a group that transcends differences of gender, class, or race?
Paul had seconded his story to a grander story that he was sure would end in victory and one in which no sacrifice was wasted. Paul could look at his tragedy and say, “That’s OK. It ends in triumph! The suffering was worth it.” Don’t you want to live in a way that you can say that?
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Talking about money in the church is awkward because it often feels like self-serving. Of course the pastor is going to tell his people to give more money; it’s where he gets his paycheck! But I think there’s another reason we find money-talk in church so awkward.
The church has one mission. We all have a role in that mission. Whatever spiritual gifts and abilities you have, you are supposed to interpret them in light of the bigger picture of God’s purposes stated in his Word—to get the gospel to the ends of the earth.