Finding Ways to Come Together

March 24, 2020

Church Family,

These are different times we are living in to say the least. I want to encourage you as best as I can during these days.

First, I want to encourage us to be unified as a body of Christ. I know that within our church there are those that feel strongly that we should still be meeting and those that feel just as strongly that we should not meet. Let me first say that church is not a building. We are called to be the church. We are called to carry the message of hope to the world that needs it especially in these days. We do that not by coming to a building to be together but by living the new life that God has called us to live each and every day. Did I miss the fellowship on Sunday morning? Absolutely! However, I believe that it is vital to keep people safe. This decision was not something I came to lightly. It is something I still struggle with each day. It is not fear of anything in this life that led me to make this decision but rather love for all of you. I believe that it is wise of us to take precautions as a large group to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The love I have for you all led me to take the necessary precautions to ensure that no one in our church body be exposed to this virus as best as I can. My love for those in our community led me to make this decision. If we remained open and an unbeliever were to visit and contract the virus, it could have damaged our respect in the community. Paul encourages us in this way: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) As ambassadors for Christ, we truly do not live for this world and should not be afraid of anything in it. Instead, we should communicate God’s love to all in this world. We are here on His behalf. And God desires all to know Him. I believe that means we respect those that God has placed in authority over us and do our best to live in harmony with what leaders have put in place. (Romans 13:1-7) I believe we communicate to the world that we love them by joining in the fight against the spread of the virus. By doing our part, we show God’s love to those around us.

Second, I want to encourage us to not stop being the church. While we are not meeting together in person as we typically do, we can still find ways to come together. I still strongly encourage small groups to continue meeting as they feel led to do. These groups are the life blood of accountability and growth. Find ways to meet together. If it is decided by the group to not meet in person, there are a variety of different ways to meet via the internet. Technology has advanced in many ways in recent years that we can come together and even see each other’s faces while not being in the same room! Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, or Zoom Meetings give opportunities to come together online and still feel a sense of community. Is it the same as being in person? Absolutely not! But it is still finding a way to be together in this time. I am in the process of setting up an online Bible study in the coming days as well. I will be posting information on how people can join my group on Facebook and the church’s website later this week.

Third, Lifeway has provided all of its Bible Studies online for the near future. Whether you are a preschooler (which means you are very advanced in reading this!), child, youth, or adult, all Bible Studies that we use as a church during Sunday mornings are available for free online. If you would like to continue to meet together in person or online and use the curriculum you were already using, you can click on the following link(s) to get started:

Explore the Bible Adults (https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/JXGR/60f3adc9-1565-43a9-b769-2275beb1eb9c) 

Bible Studies for Life Preschool (https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/JXGR/a67d9707-1ee8-4b3e-cc87-fe285fc15fe0)

The Gospel Project Preschool (https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/JXGR/bca43130-6b06-40b8-8525-e2e5c3a4046e) 

The Gospel Project Kids (https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/JXGR/df7b07fb-fdbe-483a-b184-c38535d6c633) 

The Gospel Project Adults (https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/JXGR/cd46a6fe-e09b-460e-a890-b1d340dd1b33) 

The curriculum can be accessed and viewed on any device (computer, smartphone, tablet). Once clicking on the link you will need to create a login and then will have access to the curriculum. If you need help accessing any of the curriculum, please do not hesitate to email me and I will reach out to you.

As we adjust to new ways of ministry, I encourage all of us to stay strong. Let’s continue to be the church! Let’s continue to grow in our walk with Christ!

Pressing on Towards Heaven,
 

Leave a Reply

^