Easter and ecclesiology: Is church that doesn’t meet, still church service?

Apr 12, 2020 by

By Brian G. Chilton, Christian Post:

[…]  One of the greatest challenges that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a theological question that has been posed to the Church. The Church[1] has been unable to meet in person. However, due to the advances in technology, churches across the nation and the world have met virtually through online services and alternative styles, including drive-in services. The question has been asked, “Are these still church services?” An even bigger theological question is, “Who is the church?” These questions are part of the theological branch known as ecclesiology or theology of the church.

As we approach the Easter season, many churches will find themselves unable to meet in person. However, does this mean that the Church is no longer in operation? Jesus had challenged the disciples and Jewish leaders early in his ministry. It was something that resonated with both.

The disciples only fully understood his message after the resurrection had transpired and the leaders used his message as fodder to fuel Jesus’s condemnation. Jesus taught the following controversial lesson, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days” (John 2:19).

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