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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 9, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 9, 2020

Zoom Calls and Coffee Mugs

By Jodie Montgomery

 

In this time of social distancing, I’m learning a lot about online resources and staying connected through video conferencing. I’m also learning a lot about missed opportunities on video conferencing.

I realized that I had an incredible opportunity to look somewhat spiritual online by setting up my zoom calls in a room with Scripture dominating the backdrop for my call or by simply holding a coffee mug with a Scripture verse on it. Instead, I opted to sit on my porch with some dying plants or to fill my virtual background with photos of my grandson. I don’t drink coffee but I do use mugs. I hurriedly grabbed a mug for some hot herbal tea before a zoom call with a prayer group, instead of the mug that reads “wait on the Lord”, I grabbed “Only the strongest women become writers”; an in-your-face mug from my brother in celebration of me authoring a book. I do like the mug, but again a missed opportunity to video conference and display indicators of my spiritual dedication. I guess I could wear a t-shirt with a Bible verse…

These are ridiculous thoughts. The point of gathering as His Body, whether in person or on a zoom call,  is not about the spirituality of the individual. At a minimum, church members all are united in acknowledging that they need a Savior. We need His imputed righteousness. It is not about me. As His Bride, the church is the spiritual entity, aligned to represent the Father.  The reality is that social distancing is forcing many to review what it means to have life in Christ which occurs not just individually, but also in community. It is in community that we live out our faith. It is in community where I realize just how “spiritual” I am. It is in community where I am encouraged to grow up. Life is reflecting His image individually and as His Body.

I am continually thanking God for online resources at this time. His Body is designed to convey His truth in community. God orchestrated the church as the means of His deliverance to the world and as a means of maturing His children.

This last week I’ve moderated two Pop Up Scripture sessions: the Death of Shame and the Centrality of the Church. Both sessions were taught by Pastor Edgar. I’m reminded that God, through the ages, has made it clear from the garden, to the tabernacle, in the temple, and now with the Bride, that God is God with us. God communes with humankind. Christ Jesus is the summation of that truth. God is intentional about being with us, God in the flesh. I was also reminded that the presence of God makes the people of God intent on making His good name known to all. The church is not an afterthought of God but central to His redemptive plan. I’m reminded that salvation is deliverance from evil, destructive evil, to walk with Christ in community which is life. Church is central to eternal life in Christ. The Body reflects our intimacy with Christ. To persecute His church is to persecute Christ. Christ created the church, built it with His own blood. Christ is eternally committed to His Bride.

I anticipate when His people are out of quarantine and meeting again, in person, that there will be great rejoicing amidst a new realization of the importance of His Bride. There may also be reason to lament as this pandemic has brought hardship and loss. The church is essential in sharing our joys and our sorrows. Merciful God’s Bride should be the means of His comforting touch. At this time, His people, representing His presence, are praying for His Body to be healthy in Him. The lampstand elevates the Light to be seen. 

1 Corinthians 1:2-3  To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.