Coronavirus and the Church

There are many times in our lives that we have faced challenges as a Christians, family members and neighbors, but none more so than now. Our family of faith has always sought to respond to circumstances and crisis by seeking God’s direction. God’s Word is faithful to provide guidance and insight during challenging times.

The challenge now presents itself in knowing how to apply God’s principles in the current paradigm that we all face. CoVid-19 has given us all pause as we face a “new normal” of quarantine and shelter in place orders. To continue as safe and healthy citizens, it is important that we glean expert information from government officials and health professionals. This information is also guiding us as a staff as we continue to provide safe worship, ministry and evangelism programs.

The internet has become such a valuable part of our lives, but never so more than now. We are able to order essentials online, hold meetings, as well as visit family members and friends from our living rooms. Technology is also a blessing as it allows us to worship, learn, and continue to teach the Bible. A new link that you may find most helpful is: www.coronavirusandthechurch.com. This website was developed by Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and the Peace Plan. Rick has made the following statement about church-centric missions during the time of the Coronavirus: “We have learned that there is enormous power when local churches are mobilized and equipped to care for their own community.” Rick has partnered with Ed Stetzer at the Billy Graham Center, and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College to provide this resource to help us all through this time by compiling and sharing this much-needed information. The website provides topics as:

  • “Christians, This is Our Moment: A Call to Clarity and Mission” by Ed Stetzer

  • “Tools to Help your Church Faithfully Prepare, Not Fearfully Panic” from the Humanitarian

    Disaster Institute

  • “When Your Church Can’t Meet, Gather Your Family for Worship: How to Have a Family

    Worship Experience.”

    Although it is tailored for pastors, you will find some tremendous insights applicable for the church body. There are also some messages by Rick Warren that deal with subjects that may be troubling you right now:

    • “Letting God Meet My Needs”

    • “Defeating Discouragement”

    • “The God of My Valleys”

    • “How Do You Have a Faith that Works When Life Doesn’t”

    • “How to Pray in a Crisis.”

As we all seek encouragement and direction, please continue worshiping with us online each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/plymouthpark.baptistchurch/ as Pastor Jared leads us in studying God’s Word. Please continue to be faithful in your Bible study. Remember to call, email, and text those in your Bible study groups, and continue to faithfully and generously tithe (online or snail mail). We will see an incredible work of the Lord if we continue to be faithful to our ministry and continue to look for new ways to apply God’s principles of worship, ministry, and evangelism during this challenge.

In Christ, David

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you

and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For

my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).