As we are all increasingly aware of the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) both on a local and global level, we wanted to highlight some spiritual and practical pointers for each one of us – particularly as we think about our calling to be disciples who make disciples within the gathered and outreach times we have within the life of the church.
We are thankful to the Baptist Union of Scotland (BUS) and their spiritual recommendations for churches in the midst of this crisis. Specifically the call to be;
1. Trusting God and being agents of peace to others.
2. Finding people who are affected and offering practical support.
3. Giving special attention to health care workers of whom much is demanded.
4. People of prayer.
Like all of life, there is a vertical and horizontal dimension to how we respond to this crisis. We would encourage you to pray through each of these four points above; asking God for His power, seeking God for His wisdom, believing that in Christ you can make a Kingdom difference to others. This is an unprecedented season of life and there will be regular opportunities to show others why Jesus really is the Greatest News in the world!
We need not be afraid. In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi he writes these powerful words; “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
What a promise! What a Saviour! We love each one of you and pray for you all regularly.
Mark, Paul, TJ