Love Your Neighbor
During this time of uncertainty, we as the church have a great opportunity to love our neighbors. Many of you have been asking how you can best love and serve your community at this time. Here are a few suggestions as to how to love others during this time.
CARING FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS:
- Ask if you can pick up anything when you are making grocery and supply runs.
- Share supplies
- Take precautions when ministering to elderly and susceptible neighbors
CARING FOR THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP:
- Pray for one another
- Send encouragement to one another
- Share supplies when needed
- Stay in touch with one another (Zoom, FaceTime, House Party, and Facebook are great apps to use to stay in touch with each other)
CARING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY:
- Follow the CDC recommendations
It is easy to become fearful and distant from people during these times. However, be reminded we are gospel-people. Sickness, death and suffering are part of our broken, sinful world, but we have trust and hope in Jesus. We never have to fear sickness or death if we have turned from sin and placed faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Take the opportunity in this season of rampant fear and uncertainty to comfort others with the gospel and to look for ways to love and serve others.
While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?
Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world.
Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion.
Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others.
Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel to those around them.