Our God does not grow tired or weary. He doesn’t fall ill and is unshaken by disease.
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25)
Before anything we stand on the word of the Lord. If we read the passages regarding facing severe trials, we see that we are charged to stand firm and to keep to the true gospel. So, let’s hold firm to our faith not losing heart.
As of now and until further notice we will cancel all mid-week meetings for Good News Church. We will be continuing to engage using whatsapp/email to chat and send links.
Government guidance seems to suggest that even Sunday services should stop. Many churches are livestreaming and doing clever things online. In the fullness of time we might learn from them or join in but for now Sundays will involve me planning a service with song links for youtube and I’ll aim to film me giving a sermon which can then be viewed. In future weeks we might encourage people to gather in small groups in different houses but for this Sunday we’ll recommend that everyone stays at home.
Continuing in the Faith
Our priority is to keep going with Jesus fixing our eyes on him the author and perfecter of our faith. This should not be prevented by a terrible plague. We are warned that such things are part of the last days which I believe started when Jesus ascended and will end when he returns. These things are a reminder that this world is not as it should be. They are birth pains of a coming age.
So, a key priority for us should be spurring each other on spiritually. Do post encouraging scriptures on the whatsapp group and do talk to one another on the phone talking about Jesus and keeping going with him.
Continuing in Care
Practically self-isolation can be very challenging. Please do ask me or others in the church for help. Don’t hold back on this. If you need anything bought from the shops do let us know. Currently I’m to take people to the hospital (I’m not worried about catching the virus – but please be aware I could be carrying the virus without really knowing).
A perhaps greater challenge to overcome will be the social isolation that will come. With phones and the internet I suggest this can best be overcome by each of us seeking to call/contact a few people each week. This is both something we can do to serve those in the church but also those outside. If we find we are in isolation but have three or four good conversations a week that can make a genuine difference to our well-being. It’ll be a huge encouragement to believers and a good testimony to unbelievers.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We considered this a few weeks ago on a Wednesday. Let’s seek to consider it pure joy even now as we face a different experience of life. If you’re struggling for wisdom as to how to then James would encourage us to ask the Lord for wisdom.
Do feel free to ask any questions you might have and be in touch to firstname.lastname@example.org