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Following the recommendations of the CDC, local government officials and Health Department regarding COVID-19, we have prayerfully decided to continue to meet online for Sunday services and suspend on-campus ministry events, activities, childcare, and MDO through the month of April.
We miss gathering with you and your family in person and are looking forward to when we get to meet in person again with hopeful anticipation.
If you are interested in serving our community during this time, stay up to date with our COVID-19 Serving Opportunities page!
As we strive to live in faith rather than fear, we ask you to join us in praying expectantly for God to miraculously move and grant wisdom to leaders worldwide.
In the midst of uncertainty, there are key truths we can always rest in:
Situations like the outbreak of COVID-19 confront followers of Jesus with some unique challenges. It’s tempting in these moments to run to extremes of either panic and paranoia on the one hand or dismissal and naivety on the other. Faithfulness to Jesus and His Word require us to reject both of these extremes and walk the narrow road of balance, wisdom, and faithfulness.
Furthermore, it’s tempting to stay glued to our devices, waiting for the next update, hoping that some good news will be reported. It’s tempting to respond with spiritual and relational paralysis—not knowing what to believe, how to pray, or how to engage with people. It’s tempting to create scenarios in our minds that are not informed by Jesus and His good promises, but are more informed by the fear we experience from realizing we are not in ultimate control.
Practically, then, what are some things you can be doing to nourish your soul and strengthen your faith during this time?
As one pastor in Italy recently wrote: “Perhaps this crisis is challenging us to react in a different way—with faith and not fear. Faith not in the stars or in some unknown deity. Rather, faith in Jesus Christ, the good shepherd who is also the resurrection and the life. Surely only Jesus is in control of this situation; surely only he can guide us through this storm. He calls us to trust and believe, to have faith and not fear”.
As Paul wrote to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (2 Timothy 1:7). This does not mean we turn a blind eye to what’s happening, but it means that we fix our eyes on Jesus amidst the uncertainty we face. Moreover, it also means we stay committed to doing what Jesus has called us to do in the ordinary moments of everyday life.
The truth is: neither the great commandment nor the great commission have been lifted during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are still called to place our hope in Jesus and share this hope with others. In times like the present, we are given a special opportunity to embody and experience the truth articulated by the Psalmist:
God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil.…The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. —Psalm 46:1–3, 7
Trust, believe, and obey—this is how we can respond in faith. It may just be that God is interested in creating the sort of faith and love in His people that is not dependent upon certainty, control, or pleasant circumstances. That doesn’t mean we don’t stay informed or that we don’t take preventative measures, but it does mean that God may want to strengthen the muscles of our faith by allowing for the very conditions that stretch our faith and increase our concern for others.
As noted above, we will continue to post updates about our Sunday Gatherings as the days progress. Until then, remember that we are God’s people who can believe God’s promises in all seasons—especially in times of crisis and confusion.
A. Understanding COVID-19
B. Responding in Faith