How has the pandemic impacted our church as a faith community? A Pew ResearchCenter survey conducted in the second half of last year reveals that 10% ofAustralians felt their faith had been strengthened.
There are positive effects on our faith due to the COVID restrictions:
· Saving time in commuting to/from church andrelated activities.
· Essential church programs & activitiescan be conducted online.
· Focusing more on connecting with and caringfor people.
· More online Christian resource andopportunities for online activities, e.g. prayer meetings, sermons and courses.
At the same time, there are challenges as well:
· Spending extra time and effort on stayingvigilant, including during school runs and home cooking.
· Online worship and participation in otheractivities can become optional.
· Isolation and lack of opportunity formutual edification.
We may well be the 10% whose faith has been strengthened according to the findingsof the survey. And yet we have the responsibility to support others within CPCas well.
In the familiar words of Jesus in John 15:5, He did not say “I am the vine; youare the branch.” He said “I am the vine; you are the branches.” Both “you” and“branches” are plural and they refer to Jesus’ followers as a community. Thekey is not how each of us can thrive individually in Jesus but how “we” as afaith community flourish in Him. Jesus’ heart is for all of us to remain inHim.
What is one thing that each of us can do in order to help another person in CPC toremain in Jesus? (Quick examples include praying for or making a phone call toothers) Or to whom can I call out for help within CPC?
Let’s ask Jesus for His help, because “apart from me (Jesus), you (plural again) cando nothing.”
Lord, please help CPC to remain in you as one body.
耶穌說"除了我(耶穌)，你們(衆數)就不能做甚麼." 所以，我們可以向耶穌求。主啊，求祢幫助長老會, 作為一個群體,常在祢裏面。