By David Yim, Youth Director
New Testament Passage: Acts 2:42-47
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
We can define Church in our society in many ways, but it is important to remember how the Church has been formed and nurtured through the tradition of our Church fathers. Our Church tradition traces all the way back to the Apostles which is a pretty amazing fact! We are part of a generational fellowship. The first church devoted themselves to four aspects: the apostles teachings, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer. They were a community rooted in the Gospel that reflected the life of Jesus.
Personally, it has been very challenging for me to lead the youth group in these very challenging times. Lately, I am reminded that the Church is not about the programs that we run or the beautiful building that we see. The Church is about the community and the fellowship of every believer. Even though we are doing Church a little differently these days, I believe that God is challenging us to go back to our Church tradition; the tradition that the Church is about community and people. So even if the quality of our online services aren’t as well done as our typical normal Sunday services, the most important aspect of our online service is that we gather and we worship God together.
Through this pandemic let's continue to be the Church by devoting ourselves to God’s word, by having fellowship, by breaking bread with one another and by praying for one another. All of this is still possible with the technology we have today and even though our Church culture has drastically changed, I believe that we are still equally blessed.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them