In 2021, we can be said to be in a new “unprecedented era of great changes”. The same is true of today’s churches, especially those in the post-pandemic era. What is the way out for the church to live out its faith to the world?
Recently a pastor in East China stressed that if Christians desired to integrate faith into their lives, they ought to pay more attention to culture and sports, and to enhance the training of willpower and character.
"Many believers still can't accept services without a lobby because, without a gathering place, people would feel that their church has come to an end." A pastor in eastern China said, "Back to Jesus' teaching. Jesus did not limit the Christian connection to the church.”
Nowadays, singleness, late marriages, having children late, and even remaining dink (both working parents without children) are very common. A brother who has served the church for many years encourages Christians to value the blessings of marriage and raising children.
The family altar is a vessel made by God to teach the children to trust and serve Jesus from an early age. As a command of Him, the building of a family altar is vital to the development of the church. We should serve God starting from worshipping in the family by gathering members to read God’s word, witness His grace, and praise Him.
The beating incident at the Tangshan BBQ restaurant was a criminal case in which a group of mafia-like gangs and thugs committed a brutal assault on ordinary people. In this case, and in all crimes, I believe that gender is not the original sin, but evil and violence.
A Chinese pastor said that many domestic churches had not concentrated on the core part of orthodox theology, which was to inherit the confession of faith of orthodox Christianity. "Otherwise, our beliefs will be very confusing.”
Pastor Z stated that he felt the need to launch a dialogue forum at the moment, inviting Christians, pastors or scholars to express, communicate and interact from their respective perspectives, hoping to stimulate thought among Christian groups.