We want to care for you well and keep you informed concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to The Fields, your safety, and the safety of others and this gospel opportunity to hold up our faith and serve our community. As you probably know, the situation continues to change rapidly!
Here are some biblical ways to think about this, our plans for the coming weekend, some helpful links, some basic guidelines and some missional opportunities for you to be thinking about.
We want to lead out with a couple of scripture references that help us keep things in perspective. Let these encourage your soul and prepare you for ongoing mission:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa. 41:10)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. (Ps. 46:1-3)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3-4)
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:14-21)
Some important links that would be worth looking at:
Some important links that would be worth looking at to help us think Christianly:
God knew from the beginning of time that we would be here in this situation and there are actually some really cool opportunities for mission not only to continue, but to expand! God is not constrained to save by many or by few (1Sam. 14:6). Be thinking through some of the following:
Even though we are temporarily not gathering corporately, we are not taking “vacation” and there are still bills to be paid at The Fields (rent, church planting support, staff salaries, etc.). Let’s make sure we don’t forget to continue to give of our first fruits joyfully during this time. Here are some easy ways to keep that going:
To quote a local pastor friend of mine, "We all have different comfort levels about sickness: some people are very conscientious about not spreading germs and others never give it a second thought. We tend to think that our way is probably the right way. It’s a challenge as a leader to raise some people's awareness and at the same time diminish others' fears.”
Different people will be reacting in different ways and we need to remember that and give grace. There are as many reactions to this virus as there are people. In the grand scheme of historical world plagues, so far the coronavirus barely moves the needle. But when it comes to social, economic, political and every day life impact, it’s been massive! I'm not overly alarmist with germs (except when it comes to catching the stomach flu, I hate that!). Some will think coronavirus is over hyped and others will actually be very fearful. The right response is probably somewhere in between.
As Christians, we are people of hope in a troubled world. We are called to live in faith and not fear. We put the needs of others above ourselves. We are called to live in truth, not myth. Our Master came to serve and to save and He calls us to follow His example. We are called to live responsibly and be responsible for others. So let’s not miss the opportunity that God has brought our way to communicate the hope of the gospel to a world that may head towards despair. God has appointed this time for us!
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to God by living out the gospel in authentic community.
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