Distance but not Disconnected

We won't let go of each other or our mission.

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Here's the thing...

In a time of pandemic, we won't just stop.

And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 CSB

God's word doesn't stop being true in the midst of a viral outbreak. And he doesn't stop being God, either. He wasn't caught off guard by COVID-19. He didn't wake up and read about it or see it on the news and think, "Oh man, what are my people going to do if they can't meet together physically?" No, he is not surprised, even as we find ourselves struggling to come to grips with this new reality. Yet, the truth is: how we respond to hard things like this is more an indicator of our faith than God's faithfulness.

So there are major implications for us—in how we trust him, how we love each other and our community and how we share the good news with others.

We're committed to being the church … even when our church can't be together in one place.

Growing closer while staying apart...

  • Worship Online: We will continue to bring God glory on Sundays through singing, reading his word and praying in a "live" online format. It's not God's ultimate design for worship, but it's how we can best love Him and each other right now.

  • Walking with Jesus: One of our prayers for this time is that we would use it to deepen and strengthen our love for and trust in the LORD. Check out these daily prayer devotions for help in this.

  • Shepherding: While we won't meet formally in groups, key leaders will reach out regularly to check-in and find out how we can pray for and help each other. Just because we can't physically be together doesn't mean you have to be alone.

  • Zoom Groups: Sign up to connect in an online small group.

  • Giving: We aren't suddenly desperate for money, but while not meeting reduces some expenses, others will continue. Members and regular attenders help carry the mission forward financially for the benefit of everyone.

  • Serving: Click here to see a number of ways you can pitch in to help out.

Seeking wisdom to walk faithfully...

These steps are our attempts to be faithful to God and his Word. The Bible gives us two clear paths when we find ourselves in danger.

1. We run from danger in wise caution

A sensible person sees danger and takes cover,

but the inexperienced keep going and are punished. 

Proverbs 22:3 (CSB)

When we are aware of danger it’s sensible to take caution to avoid it if possible. But sometimes, because of the nature of the world now, and the world to come, rather than running from danger...

2. We run to danger in wise courage

If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited.

Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t he who weighs hearts consider it?

Won’t he who protects your life know? Won’t he repay a person according to his work? 

Proverbs 24:10–12 (CSB)

Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing

will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:35–39 (CSB)

As citizens of God’s Kingdom we have nothing to hide and nothing to lose, so we can be courageous even when we seem to have everything to fear.

So whether we face the social distancing brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic or the social and spiritual separation brought on by the disease of sin, as God's people we are called by our King to enter the fray for the good of others and the glory of God.

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