Life locked down
‘Now I want you to know brothers that what happened to me has really served to advanced the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. – Philippians 1.12
There was a strapline
for a Christian organisation that ran ‘The church has left the building’, that
seems very apposite in these times of Lockdown. What’s so interesting is that ‘leaving
the building’ in the context of on-line Sunday services has resulted in the
spread of Christianity into the homes and onto the devises of many more people.
Saint Paul found that being chained and awaiting trial, literally being locked down, actually spread the good news of God’s grace being extended to all people through faith in Jesus within the palace guard and encouraged others to speak up for the faith. Paul in lockdown discovered what we in the 21st century are discovering, and millions of persecuted Christians bare witness to. You can’t stop the gospel spreading, it’s far more contagious than Covid-19 and brings life not death.
I thought you might like a few statistics from our little village church might make the point which when you magnify the results across the hundreds of thousands of churches gives a quite staggering potential spreading of the Gospel.
We're currently generating approximately 40-50Gb of data per week, that's the church service on Sunday and the daily podcast, with each podcast the equivalent of ¾ the length of a regular sermon. Since lockdown we have had 691 viewing the YouTube Sunday Services. Folk are now 'sharing' the services on their own Facebook groups and so the Kingdom spreads. It's great! We have a weekly 'Zoom' prayer meetings We have had around 8,000 visits to the website over the last year, a continuing long-term upward trend currently spiking during this lockdown period.
Truly God is good and advancing his Kingdom into the virtual world.
Grace and Peace to you, keep well in these difficult days.