‘Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing to you with these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth’.
1 Timothy 3:14-15
How should we conduct ourselves as members of God’s family in the light of the Coronavirus? Here are 4 things (at least!) we need to do:
Christian believers are to ’submit to those in authority’, such as the government, the Health Service and our employers. From washing hands to self-isolating to social distancing it’s right that we follow the advice we are given. Even if decisions are made that we wouldn’t have made ourselves, at times like this we really need to ‘play team’ as members of society and as members of a church. As a church family, our plan is to keep meeting as a church until the advice is that we shouldn’t. The Leadership Team is working on various contingency plans and we will keep you updated with any changes. Things will look and feel differently for the next few weeks and months and so we need to be patient and prayerful, but we do need to follow advice. We also need to...
Christians should respond the same as everyone else in that we follow the advice we are given from the authorities. We should also respond differently to everyone else because we know the Lord. He is ‘our Father in Heaven’, who rules over everyone and everything, everywhere, all the time. Coronavirus has not taken Him by surprise. He is still ruling the universe. And so, we’re to fear the Lord more than Covid-19 and love the Lord more than health. We need to remember that sin is far more deadly than any disease and we’re to keep staying clean of that, more than infection. Ultimately, whether or not we get the virus does not depend on statistics, risk factors or age, but on God’s explicit decision and permission to allow it. We need to trust God. We also need to...
Stockpiling is a way of making sure you’re ok. Christians should be known as those who make sure others are ok. After all, Jesus did not look out for his own interests, rather he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant and humbled himself to death on a cross. And so, as followers of Jesus, let’s be self-sacrificial, kind, generous and loving towards others. Let’s look out for one another in the church family and practically help those in need. Let’s also look out for the elderly or vulnerable members of society. Why not drop a note through an elderly neighbour's door to offer help with shopping, or ask if they’d like a friendly chat on the phone? We need to love others. We also need to...
With such a climate of uncertainty and fear, this is a great opportunity to say something about the gospel - the life changing news that Jesus Christ is Lord. We can speak hope into fear; we can speak of the life Jesus offers in the face of the death sickness brings. We need to remember that there is something worse than Covid-19. Whilst death and disease are terrible things, sin and God’s judgement on sin are THE biggest problem facing our world. And Jesus is the only cure for our biggest problem. True hope is not found in being free from infection. True hope is found in knowing Jesus and being with him forever in glory. So let’s follow advice, trust God, love others and proclaim Christ.
With those things in mind, let’s pray...
- For opportunities to proclaim Christ
- For wisdom and energy for our government and the nhs
- For people who are suffering and scared
- For one another, that we would conduct ourselves in a godly way