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Reopening Plan

Community Bible Church Reopening Plan

 

Phase One

The state's plan (as we understand it): Limit of 25 people per social gathering. Face masks recommended in public places. Social distancing in place. Limit non-essential travel. Large venues to remain closed (including churches).

 

CBC's plan for weekend corporate worship:

 

CBC's plan for weekly ministries:

 

Phase Two & Beyond

Due to the fluidity of this situation, we plan on waiting to see how things develop in order to respond appropriately. Check back for more information.

 

Scriptural Reasoning

By definition, the church of God gathers regularly for corporate worship, typically on the "first day of the week" (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). The Greek word that is used for the local church in the New Testament (ekklesia) is borrowed from the culture, and it means "the called-out ones" or "assembly." When Scripture speaks about the Universal church, (everyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord) it always speaks of the activity and outworking of that group in terms of the local (gathered) church. By definition, a church that does not gather is not a church. A Christian that does not identify with a local church is an unknown entity in the pages of Scripture, and would be a foreign concept to the apostles and believers in the New Testament.

In extraordinary times, the church has been forced to modify its meeting habits because of circumstances like disease and persecution. Even in the course of normal operation, we read that the early church gathered in a variety of locations, meeting "in the Temple" and "from house-to-house" (Acts 2:42-47; 5:42). In our current season of the Coronavirus and the resulting Covid-19 sickness, the habits of churches across the world have again been modified. At CBC, we have chosen to follow the recommendations of civic and health officials in order to be good neighbors and citizens of our world.

As the governor of our state allows easing of these restrictions across certain segments of society, we will continue to follow the guidelines put forth, endeavoring to maintain our witness for Jesus Christ while longing to be together and express ourselves as the church gathered for worship, the preaching of the Word, fellowship, and the Lord's Supper.

Some might wonder why we don't supercede these guidelines, exercising our rights as free Americans. There are several reasons we have chosen continuing adherence to the recommendations of these governmental and health officials:

 

We recognize that there are differing opinions on how to best respond in this situation. There is no perfect answer in these unique circumstances, but more important than anyone's opinion or preference is our witness as we maintain the unity we have in Jesus. Unity is a primary mark of our position as God's people and testimony to the world that is watching (John 13:34-35; 17:20-23; Eph. 4:1-3). We must avoid the example of the Corinthians, who Paul chastised for aligning themselves under the leadership of President Trump or Governor Brown (modern paraphrase) to the detriment of the gospel (1 Cor. 1:10-12; 3:1-4).  The most pious even tried to spiritualize issue and claim the self-righteous high ground. In this, they contributed to the harmful divisions (1 Cor. 1:12) and assured that the gospel could be maligned among the community. Paul's solution was to put aside all of these divisions and focus on the priority of the gospel demonstrating the power of God, which was certainly seen most clearly in the love the saints had for one another (1 Cor. 2:1-5).