Greeting In The Name of the Lord:
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NLT).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who was an enemy of the Nazis because he refused to go along with their state idea of a church that practiced the anti-Semitism of the Nazis. In fact, he was a hunted man who upheld authentic Christian principles. As a part of the German underground he was not safe to worship openly. Bonhoeffer knew there was no other community and fellowship like that experienced within the Body of Christ. He said: “Baptism incorporates us into the unity of the Body of Christ, and the Lord’s supper fosters and sustains our fellowship and communion … in that Body”. During the Nazi reign, Bonhoeffer was cut off from other believers, and it took a toll on him. Donald LaSuer says, “Bonhoeffer’s painful discovery is instructive for us. Cut off from the nurturing fellowship of other Christians, he felt a deeper hunger for the fellowship that was no longer available to him. Like a hungry man who knows the taste of bread though he can no longer reach and break from the loaf, he knew the power of fellowship when it was painfully absent.” We often fail to realize just how blessed we are to be able to come to church and worship the Lord with our church family. I fear that all too often we take it for granted. What would you do if all of the sudden it became illegal to attend church? How would you feel if for some reason you would loose your freedom by attending a church service? What if you were locked away with no church service, no praise and worship, no sermon, and no contact with other Christians? Maybe it’s time for us to look at attending church not as something we have to do, but rather as something we want to do? It is quite possible that this scenario isn’t that far off.