A STRONG CHURCH WILL FIND A WAY
September 27, 2020
The church has a perpetual existence because it is the bride of Christ. No one will be able to stop its course. During the days of the early existence, the Church was able to survive persecutions in the house. Paul wrote to Philemon, his fellow worker and mentioned kat' oîkón sou ekklesia = the church in your house (Philemon 1:2; Rom. 16:5; Col. 4:15).
From those passages, we can see that the house church was common in the New Testament. John R. Mitchell, Editor of the Restoration Herald Vol. XCIX No 4 speaks about the relevance of the church today for its gospel message of salvation, its positional transformation in society and its purposeful calling from darkness into light. The church is an important element in the complicated situation of this 21st-century society.
Since the coronavirus has stricken, governments of all countries have dismissed large gatherings for the sake of avoiding the spread of the disease. That's a good thing, but the church is being largely affected by this decision. How does the church still preach the gospel without disobeying governmental orders? The church on the web is the answer in this time of crisis. All spiritual activities such as prayer meetings, bible studies, preaching, singing and praises are conducted. Nothing has stopped while the members remain in confinement. Your prayers for Haiti are being heard, your gifts are being used and the Gospel is being preached. Please continue to pray for HCM as we will continue praying for you!
In Haiti, churches now are starting to safely re-open, but this summer the pastors did an incredible job organizing the churches to remain active! One example would be, Pastor Eddy Bernard in Fonds-Cheval, who divided his church into ten small churches with a maximum capacity of 10. Each was led by a deacon in that area. They don't have the luxury of the Internet and Youtube, but they used what was available to them. Pastor Bernard through his system gave communion to 120 members each Sunday.
Another highlight of a job well done would be, Pastor Thomas V. Prophete in Fonds-Parisien, who practiced the same discipline by means of the deacons. Pastor Thomas went one step further by way of a megaphone; he stood on top of the church building to project the message to the community. One of his aides, Pastor Marcellus, also used a megaphone throughout the village and the good news did not cease to spread!
The church on the web is methodically put into practice in the States. A live worship service is heard on Youtube, WhatsApp or Facebook every week. Although church members are physically dispersed, they remain connected. A strong church will find a way to be connected. COVID-19 shall not prevail against it.
With the Kingdom in mind, the best is yet to come.