Going Deeper with the Message:
Even Now, God is at Work
by: Ben Biles
On Sunday, Josh talked about Jesus’ faithfulness in building his community of believers despite adverse conditions. Though the early church experienced persecution because of their faith in the risen Jesus Christ, the gospel was spread gradually throughout the world by their enduring faith. In 2020, we’re living through one of the most devastating global pandemics in history with 19 million cases worldwide currently and 5 million in the US alone. Yet, despite this, the church has continued to share the gospel and reflect our God to our world.
Here at the Ridge, we’re hearing and seeing amazing stories of individuals, families, and groups continue to grow in their relationship with God and with each other. We see that Jesus is continuing to build his church even in the midst of a pandemic. God is not caught off-guard by COVID-19. He has not put his plan on pause. His message of salvation and love for all humanity remains the same and continues to shine forth. We see that, despite the circumstances, God is actively working at the Ridge locally just as he is actively working in the thousands of churches globally.
Yet, for the Ridge and churches like her to be effective in their mission, individuals and families need to realize the importance of community in their lives. The writer of Hebrews explains, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:24–25). Being a Christian was never meant to be something you do on your own, for we are often distracted and discouraged, eventually becoming complacent in our faith. Rather, we grow best in the context of a believing community where we are able to be strengthened and encouraged in our faith. Though we cannot meet together in the same capacities as before, we are finding other avenues in order to safely grow in relationship with God together.
This is why we want to offer Ridge at Home as another option for you and your family. We have long understood that the church is not the building itself, but instead, it is the community of believers that seek to know God and worship him with other believers. We encourage everyone to consider opening your own home for others to come together in worship or to find a home to do the same. We guarantee that when you are a part of a community that worships together, God will build your faith and impact your life in incredible ways.
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