I was given a new book a few day ago written by Robert J. Morgan, On This Day in Christian History. Today’s account focused on the Puritans in the early 1600’s when they voiced their concerns to King James IV regarding the Anglican Church. While their grievances were not heard, they “began worshiping in small groups as they felt the Bible taught them.”
As Paul wrote the Philippians from a prison cell, he makes a very important statement; “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear” (Philippians 1:12–14).
Look at all the good things that came out of Paul being in prison! Whether it is being forced to meet in small groups or seeing some come to Christ because of our circumstances, we need to be thankful for what God is doing even through the present pandemic. He is making us rethink how church is done, causing us to reexamine the Scriptures and follow the model of the Early Church.
We lose spiritual ground when we complain. We gain spiritual ground when we ask God what He is doing, and then join Him!
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