One of our first church experiences as new believers was in a very rigid, fundamental environment.  While we are grateful for the biblical grounding and teaching we received, in time we began to notice an obvious division that was encouraged from the pulpit.  The division centered on church attendance; if you were there every time the doors were open you were considered more spiritual.  Eventually we grew to understand the grace of God and how "works" did not impress our God, as He looks on the heart and motives.  I think about this past experience as we start to reconnect as a church body, particularly the opportunity for both the enemy and our own pride to foster division.

 As we re-open we will be split in person but I pray not in spirit.  There could be a tendency for the early back crowd to think they are less fearful, more trusting in the Lord, and ultimately more spiritual.  While the more cautious crowd could feel the others are reckless, endangering their and others health, and less wise.  We also will have some lifegroups who meet in person inside, some who zoom, and some who only meet outdoors.  We need to have much grace towards others convictions regarding covid.  I genuinely appreciate Pastor Bryon’s admonition to do what is best for you.

I believe this season of reopening will be another test of our unity. One of our enemy’s tactics is to cause division. Our country is in a time of severe division. As the church we have a moment in time to be different than the world around us. This is an opportunity for our unity to be seen and be contrasted from the discord surrounding us.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom and unity.  Let us be slow to judge and quick to encourage others and build unity wherever possible.    Jesus is building His church, and while it may look different than what we are used to seeing, I have no doubt it will advance.  
"Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.'" Matthew 12:25

"'Do not stop him,' Jesus said. 'For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.'"  Mark 9:39-40

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.




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