1Cor 12v25 - 26
“That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”

We are truly living in extraordinary days. Days, many of us never imagined we would see. But its real, and we are facing the challenge to being socially responsible, with social distancing and self-isolation. As the days wear on, I am becoming more and more aware of the many difficulties and hardships this may present to us and those we live among. Panic and uncertainty have become the norm, already many have lost jobs, fallen foul of the virus, families bereaved of loved ones, uncertainty for the future, concern for loved ones. These are but a few of the many emotions that are prevalent.

We as God’s people are not immune to these emotions, any more than we are immune to the Corona virus. I would advise all of our church family to follow the advice we are being given by the experts, as closely and as carefully as we can. I say the experts, because there is a lot of false information going around, causing great confusion and even panic buying, anxiety and fear.

As we follow the advice of the experts, let us remember to trust our Heavenly Father, whose love for us is unquestionable and undeniable. The giving of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, as a ransom for our sin ought to convince us of that. The government can only do so much, but our Heavenly Father can comfort and strengthen every heart that is willing to trust and rely on Him. Peter says, “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.” I have said recently, and it is something I have said many times, something I heard a long time ago: Fear kills faith, but faith disarms fear.

 

We have heard much about being socially responsible, and I’m all for that. But in our being socially responsible, let us not be Spiritually irresponsible. Whilst the church buildings may all be silent and still, and whilst all our normal routine of service and ministry are dormant, that does not mean we shelve our walk and witness for God.

Recently in our bible Studies on Nehemiah, “The rebuilding and the Revival we need,” I drew the parallel of how Nehemiah placed key people in key areas in the newly built Jerusalem city walls, and the newly reset gates, with that of the fully functioning body of Christ. I said then, we all have a responsibility to minister to each other. And God has gifted us to do our part. This is one of those times, especially now, when we are not meeting together in the normal ways. We are a church without walls, let us not forget that.

This is our opportunity to function as one body of God’s people, ministering to each other and to our community. We as a church will be rolling out many ways by which you may be involved in this. Keep a check on our Web site and our livestreamed services - our Facebook page (Ask to join - Abbots Cross Congregational Church - on Facebook).

One thing we can all do, is pray for each other daily. Praying that God will keep us safe and strong in our walk during this extraordinary time. Don’t forget to pray for yourself, that God would guide and sustain you at this time.

Yours in Christ's Great Name,
Pastor Trevor