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Pastoral Statement on COVID-19
With reports about the spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19), I wanted to take a minute to pastorally walk us through this issue. It’s tempting to respond to these sorts of situations with worry and fear, but Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
That’s not trivializing the situation. I’m not saying this is not a big deal. It is. But all the same, worry and fear will get us nowhere. Matthew 6:27 says, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Instead, our response to the worry and fear around us is to be calm and cautious. It is wise to practice good hygiene and keep away from others if you feel ill. If you are sick, you are not obligated to come to church. We would love to have you here, but if you’re sick, it’s wise for you to just stay home. This is the only time you will ever hear me say that. Otherwise, come to church.
But our confidence is not in our ability to keep ourselves from contracting a virus. Our confidence is in God who guides our lives. James 4:15 says, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” Ultimately, God is greater than the coronavirus. This situation did not catch God by surprise, nor did it throw His plans out of alignment. God is in control and He is still on His throne.
We have the opportunity to trust God in all things and to represent Him in a fear-filled world. Without Christ there is a reason to fear sickness and death. This whole situation is exposing the reality of human fragility. But as followers of Christ, we have real hope, a hope that transcends this life. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
As you talk with friends and family and neighbours, be ready to share how Christ gives you hope for each day and for the life to come. Pray for those who have been affected by the coronavirus, and ultimately that Jesus will return to fully and finally restore all things. Be proactive. Wipe down surfaces in your house. Wash your hands regularly. Practice good hygiene. And if you are in need of pastoral care, Helena and I are going to remain here, whatever happens, so feel free to contact us, if you have any concerns or need any help. Remember in all things to cling to Christ, who chose to die for you, who paid the price for your sin, so that you might not live in fear.
- Pastor Brenden Peters
We exist to glorify God through evangelism, baptism, and teaching.
Regardless of whether or not you are a follower of Jesus, everything we do is an act of worship. We are always worshiping something. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do all things to the glory of God. We worship through teaching, preaching, singing, praying, giving, and in the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
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We believe every effort must continually be made to provide an adequate knowledge of the Bible. We do this through preaching and teaching, Sunday school, and Bible studies.
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We believe that discipleship and evangelism go hand-in-hand. We want to see believers actively involved in reaching those around them with the hope of the gospel, and then teaching them to do the same.
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