An Update Concerning Coronavirus and CCR
In light of the cancellations sweeping our state and the country because of the coronavirus, I wanted to give you an update about our services at Christ Church Rolesville.
First, we are planning to meet this Sunday, March 15, 2020. The governor has recommended that gatherings over 100 be canceled. Since we are under that limit by a good amount, we think it is still safe for us to meet and we want continue our regular gatherings as long as it is wise and safe. If and when officials say it is no longer wise to meet, even in smaller numbers, we will plan accordingly.
Second, I want to encourage you to think biblically about this situation in light of who God is and who he has called us to be. Consider the following exhortations.
- Use wisdom and take precautions in line with the governmental recommendations. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay at home. Those with higher risk are also advised to stay at home (older populations and those who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease).
- Trust God and seek him. In his word, God has promised that he will provide for our needs. It appears that we may lose some of the conveniences and comforts we have grown accustomed to. However, Jesus himself said, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:30–33). God is sovereign and good, and he has promised to meet our needs. Further, he has promised to never leave us or forsake us and that nothing can separate us from his love in Christ Jesus.
- Love one another by prayer and practical assistance. Some of our greatest examples in Scripture and in history of Christian love for one another, took place in the context of trials and suffering. First, you can love your brothers and sisters by praying for them. Set aside some time each day to pray for one another to the God who can do abundantly more than we could think or ask. Second, you can love your brothers and sisters by offering practical assistance when needed. One of ways God provides for his people is through his people. There’s an obstacle to this, however. To meet someone’s need you have to know about their need. How might this situation move you to take greater initiative in knowing others within our church?
- Love your neighbor as yourself. No doubt, there will be a temptation to isolate ourselves in our homes to protect those closest to us and ourselves. Wisdom should guide us in this, but we shouldn’t ignore the needs of our neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Begin considering now, how you may be of practical assistance to your neighbors in the midst of this situation to show them the generous, sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
We don’t know what the future holds, but our Lord does. Not only does he know the future, he is sovereign over all these things and in control of the future. In our uncertainty, let us fix our minds on God’s faithfulness. And let us fix our joy upon him alone, taking the confession of Habakkuk as our own.
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17–19)
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