We are now less than one hour from joining together for Secret Church – a night of prayer, worship, and study of God’s word. This series of blogs won’t only be here at this address, but reposted on the Secret Church site. Perhaps even now you’re making final preparations for the event, working through technology, or welcoming people into the door of your home or church. I am privileged to be able to be a live blogger for the event, so I’ll be posting in every teaching break just to recap what we’ve been going through.
But before we begin, perhaps we can remind ourselves of just why we are gathering together literally across the world. I would suggest there are at least 3 reasons:
1. Because of our belief in the timeless and life-changing power of God’s word. If you’ve looked through your Secret Church listening guide, it probably hasn’t escaped you that the vast (and I mean vast) majority of what you’ll find there are quotations from the Bible. Verse upon verse upon verse from Old Testament to New. We are gathering together not under opinion, but under the revealed truth of God. We believe in the Bible. We believe it is the standard of truth and God’s revelation. And we believe that in its pages, we find all we need for life and godliness. We pray together that sitting under Scripture like this will spur us on to greater study, love, and commitment to knowing and living the truth of the Bible.
2. To unite ourselves with the persecuted church around the world. What we are doing together tonight is pretty unusual – sitting for 6 hours to sing, pray, and learn. But it’s not unusual everywhere. This is a common experience in parts of the world where there are no church buildings and believers meet together in secret because they have to. In those meetings, they wil pack everything they can because they don’t know when they’ll have the chance to meet together again. It’s a small way that we can get a brief glimpse into their world, but hopefully it’s a beginning point for most of us. It’s a launching pad for greater prayer and care for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
3. Because Good Friday is a good time to reflect, sing, think, and pray. Jesus did all those things on the night before His death. We are following His example, remembering His sacrifice and the great good and glory He bought.
Buckle up. It’s almost time to start…