“But what about you?” [Jesus} asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:15–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I believe [in] one holy [universal] and apostolic church. (The Nicene Creed).
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV 1984).
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:12–13, NIV 1984).
In fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:18–20, NIV 1984).
So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12:25–26, NIV 1984).
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20, NIV 1984).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NIV 1984).
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23–25, NIV 1984).
My Advice – We come (meet) together to worship, encourage, exhort (spur), fellowship and learn. We go out to be witnesses and make disciples. Let’s “not give up meeting together,” even if (“all the more”) it has to be virtual for a time. Let’s not cease going out to be “witnesses in [our] Jerusalem and in all [our] Judea,” and yes even in our “Samaria’s” (those places we’d rather not go). And if it comes to it “to the ends of” our normal sphere. Even if we have to wear a mask.
Let’s do our part within the Body “with equal concern for each other,” whether our part is great or small, noble or “not so noble.” Suffering with those who suffer and honoring those who are honored. As far as it depends on us, let there be “no division in the body,” so that the “gates of Hades” is never able to prevail upon our local congregations.
Let’s “hold unswervingly to” these things, “and all the more as [we] see the Day approaching.” Constantly remembering that “surely [He is] with [us] always, to the very end of the age.”