UPDATED MARCH 26, 2020
Until further notice our Sunday morning worship services will be held online at 10 AM via livestream on our Facebook page. All other church activities and groups (discipleship classes, community groups, student ministry, kids ministries, etc.) will be postponed until further notice. With new information coming out quickly we want to position ourselves to make the necessary changes and adjustments to our plans using an abundance of caution and being good neighbors! For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
Parents, please be on the lookout for emails and Facebook posts from our kids ministry. Our KidsMin Director, Lisa, has lots of fun and engaging ways to keep your kids and your whole family focused on Jesus during this season of our lives.
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that's why the gospel is such good news! God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let's spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. So just as we should in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that is the only option.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
Thank you, Church, for your flexibility and understanding. I am praying with and for you all, that we will shine brightly and be beacons of love and grace and strength in our community during this time, using every opportunity to bring glory to our great God, who is always in control!
We would like to thank McLean Bible Church for providing a template to help us formulate this communication.