Last Saturday evening – just over a week ago – we had snow and ice in our area. In order to err on the side of safety, we cancelled our weekly Sunday meeting. So, does that mean that we did not meet with the church last week? Hardly!
Sunday: Although we didn’t have our formal weekly meeting, we invited some good friends to come to our house for lunch. We had a great time eating and talking with them, and hearing what God had been doing in their lives lately.
Tuesday: Margaret and Jeremy (my wife and son) attended a Bible study with several friends. They had a great time studying John the Baptist from the Gospel of Luke. It was a great parallel to our current study in Matthew.
Thursday: A young couple who is planning to get married came to our house for dinner. After dinner – a wonderful potato soup which Margaret cooked for the first time – we talked about marriage and discipleship for the most part. These are new friends, and we have enjoyed getting to know them over the last few months.
Friday: We went to dinner with another couple who are good friends. We enjoy doing things with our children, but it was good to have some time with other adults. Again, we had a great discussion about marriage and discipleship.
Saturday: Several friends came to our house. In particular, a young lady that we have not seen in a couple of years was in town, so she joined us. We were able to hear what God had been doing in her life during that time. It was great to again eat, talk, and laugh with some new friends and some new friends.
Sunday: This morning, we had our weekly meeting. We’ve been studying Matthew, and today we looked at Jesus’ baptism. The young lady who came to our house Saturday night also spoke to the group to tell them about what had been going on in her life. After the meeting, we went to the home of some friends to celebrate the third birthday of their daughter. We’re looking forward to praying with many of our friends tonight.
This times of gathering with the church do not count the times that we speak to one another briefly in grocery stores or on the phone. It also doesn’t include the times that Margaret and the children spend at Tae-Kwon-Do with some of our good friends.
God has blessed us with great brothers and sisters in Christ. We enjoy getting together in both formal and informal gatherings to help one another grown in Christ as we have a good time together.
I don’t share this to put our family or our friends on a pedestal. Instead, I hope that the work that God is doing in our lives – especially in drawing us together as a community in Christ – will encourage others to seek relationships with other believers and to share their lives – not just a couple of hours on Sunday – with them.