• Dr. Mike Routt


Sunday morning was like a family reunion – except without the drama! What a joy it was to see some of our church family gathered in worship in two services for the first since March 8. It was also a joy to read the comments from members who viewed our worship service live stream!

Since we have not met in 3 months, we can actually say that COVID-19 has reminded us of the significance of corporate gathering as a church. Just what does GOD’s Word say about gathering as the people of GOD.

First, churches gathered on a regular basis. First Corinthians 11:18 says “….when you come together as a church….” First Corinthians 14:23 declares “….when the whole church comes together in one place….” First Corinthians 16 makes reference to gathering “On the first day of the week….”

Second, when churches gather, various activities occur. According to Colossians 3:16, the church family engages in “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” In I Timothy 4:13, the people of GOD are to “give attention to reading (GOD’s Word), to exhortation, to teaching.” Hebrews 10: 24-25 declares believers are to “encourage one another.” First Corinthians 11:33 makes reference to coming together to partake of the LORD’s Supper: “Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.”

Just like a family reunion, it was such a wonderful joy to see some members of our church family yesterday morning! But, in our hearts, we missed members of our family who could not attend! We certainly understand and support their decision to continue to worship with us live stream. But, as the apostle Paul wrote to people of GOD in Romans 1:11, “For I long to see you.” That certainly reflects the feeling of our hearts!!

We are all one church family, called Redemption Hill Church. I look forward to the day when the corona virus is “history,” and we can all safely gather to worship GOD and praise JESUS together!

At the same time, in a time of national upheaval, the “gathered” church should continue to “scatter,” that is, to be light in a dark world and to share the good news of the gospel with lost people. In times of crises, people are more open to a conversation about JESUS. As the gathered people “scatter” after public worship, let’s be ever mindful of divine appointments to tell people about the saving grace of JESUS!

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