Last week, we defined “Church through the week” basically with 3 statements:
1. “Church through the week” begins with true concern for one another.
2. “Church through the week” doesn’t neglect the neighbourhood.
3. “Church through the week” means repenting of our masks and making the most of the time we have.
Question for this week : How are salvation and “church through the week” connected?
“Church through the week” will make sense when we see it as an outcome of our identity which God created through salvation. We don’t have to meet as a church even once a week to achieve salvation, no, but the joy of salvation makes us generous toward our fellow Christians- in matters of time.
It is possible that a Christian working 11-hour shifts at an oil rig, 70 kms off the coast, has more concern for his spiritual family than a person who lives just 5 minutes away from the church hall. The off-shore guy has the spiritual readiness that is essential for what Marg calls “church through the week”!
This sacrificial mindset is an implication of who Jesus has made us now. It’s part of the rescue from sin which Jesus accomplishes for anyone who rejects their false ideas of who God is and falls helplessly on the Jesus to save them from the supernatural punishment God promises to all sinners.
We, who were known by the Lord Jesus, we are the ones who did not deserve one gracious glance from Him, not one of His blessings. Yet here we are, cleansed of our former deep stains, washed clean from the guilt and the power of sin, made brand new the day God showed us our desperate need for Him!
Salvation is not just a feeling; it’s a reality. The Spirit of God confirms to the person that their very being has been irreversibly changed. Our old identities melt away and new identities are forged. One of them is spiritual family.