Should the Church Allow Public Health to Impede Corporate Worship?

Episode 483 Show Notes 

From the Show

“And Jesus said to them, ‘Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart” (Mark 3:4–5)… Jesus says look, part of observing the day of worship rightly is not doing harm to our neighbors, doing good instead of doing evil, and so he healed this guy on the sabbath. Now, for every single individual church, they’re going to have to think through, “What’s wise for us in terms of meeting, gathering together, heeding God’s call to worship?” But what we must not forget is that God calls us to worship. We’re called to gather together as the people of God according to the Word of God to receive the gifts of God. 

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. In the Psalms, I’ve noticed that a lot of times that when the psalmist is praying, they seem to be making demands of God. For example, do this or that to my enemies. It seems quite disrespectful to me to talk like that to God, instead of using manners. Maybe this is justifiable?

2. Why did Jesus tell all those whom he healed to not to tell anyone about Him?

3. My son was a great kid growing up. When he went off to college, he got himself involved in things he had no business doing: alcohol, smoking. It has spiraled down from one thing to another and he admits he needs help. How can you help us?

4. Is corporate worship commanded, and how is the church gathering together on Sunday morning different from and necessary in addition to personal and small group worship? If corporate worship is commanded, and if there is a particular purpose and benefit unique to corporate worship, then why has the church been so quick to allow healthcare to replace its worship of God as the driver in our obedience? If we can accomplish all the same things via zoom for example, then why not just join online each Sunday and get connected with some friends each week? 

Resources

Teen Challenge – https://teenchallengeranch.com/
Al-Anon – https://al-anon.org/

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