Grace For Your Day March 30, 2020

Grace For Your Day March 30, 2020

GRACE FOR YOUR DAY: As many of you know, the government is still asking us not to meet in groups of 10 people or more. So, in order to comply with their request, we will not be holding Sunday morning services together in person this week. Instead, we will be recording a sermon on Saturday night and posting it on our You Tube Channel by Sunday morning at 9:30. Please listen in as it is on a very important topic for us to consider right now: the topic of fellowship from Ephesians 2.
I think this is important because several people have asked me recently: “How do we have fellowship in a time such as this?” “How can we still be a church when we cannot even meet together in light of the Coronavirus?” That is an excellent question and, to answer it, I would like to remind you of a few things that we can do. Here is a list:
- Make the most of your time as a family: pray together, play together, exercise together, and work on your communication. Nothing helps us communicate more than a drastic change in the schedule.
- Take the time to call someone instead of text them to see how they are doing. While we cannot speak face-to-face as a congregation, nothing is preventing us from speaking over the phone.
- Utilize FaceTime or WhatsApp for video calling as much as possible. It allows you to see each other and have a more personal conversation.
- Before you go shopping, call a neighbor or church member to see if they need anything.
- Drop off fun activities that a family with kids can enjoy.
- Pray together over the phone. Some of our church members are currently praying once a week over a conference call. They are praying for the government, the church, our health care workers, our families, and for the Kingdom of God to advance during this time. Feel free to contact my wife and she can give you more information about that.
- Share the Gospel across the fence from your neighbor.
- Take extra time to study the Bible. If you are alone and in isolation, what better time to dig into Scripture than right now? See what it says about how to handle suffering and trial and I guarantee that you will be encouraged.
- Wait on the Lord and trust in Him.
Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list but it is a place to start. Always remember that the Coronavirus has not ended our time of fellowship as a church. It has simply changed the way we will do it for the time being. God is still building His church. He is still drawing us closer together. The work has not ended. The Gates of Hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18)
May God continue to bless you and watch over you as you endure this current crisis. May He draw you closer to His Son and, in doing so, draw you closer together. And may you join us on Sunday morning as we talk about fellowship from Ephesians 2:13-17. The passage says:
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.
- Jeremy Cagle