Over the course of the past few weeks, our policy makers have been forced to make some tough decisions— among them, to sort the “essential” services from the “non-essential” services. As we all know, church gatherings ended up in the non-essential list. This is quite understandable given the fact that worship gatherings are not absolutely vital to people’s short-term health and survival (that is, not in the same way that hospitals and grocery stores are).
However, the designation of “non-essential” has forced many of us Christians to ask an important question: Is there a sense in which the church IS essential to the world? And if so, how? This is a topic that Terence will be exploring in his sermon today on I Peter 2:1-10.