Dear Church Family,
I know that some of you will be traveling for spring break over this weekend and the next, and the rest of us will be without our regular Sunday School and church services because of the dangers of the COVID–19 virus. So, let me give you some suggestions on how to still have a worshipful Lord’s Day.
1. Pray—with your family, or, if you are single, maybe call a friend and pray with him or her. For many of you this is already a part of your daily routine, but if it’s not, or if it’s not as common of an occurrence as it used to be, now is a great time to develop or strengthen this spiritual discipline.
• Pray for our church, church leadership, the decisions around our continued response to COVID–19, for our high–risk church members and family members, for confidence and faith in God’s sovereign plan and provision, for those on our prayer list, and for God’s grace to sustain us in uncertain times.
2. Read the book of Haggai by yourself or with your family. It’s really short. It will only take you a few minutes. Then, if someone asks you what you did when services were canceled, you can tell them that you read a whole book of the Bible. More importantly, it will help you connect things that you have heard from our current sermon series through the book, and you’ll see the entirety of the message—being focused on God’s kingdom instead of our own. Find at least one point of application from Haggai that you can take with you throughout the day.
3. Sing to the Lord. For some of you, this will be the most natural thing in the world. For others of you, this will be out of the ordinary. Sing a cappella if you need to. Sing along to Christian music on the radio, or Pandora, or Spotify, or Amazon Music, or find hymns or songs that you love on YouTube. Sing from memory, if you need to. However you do it, remember to actually sing praises to God, not just listen to someone else sing.
4. Look forward to the day when we will be able to safely meet together again. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 10:23–25, “23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
• Look for opportunities to (safely) care for and provide for others in need—family, church members, and neighbors.
• Be mindful not to think of this as a “vacation” from God or church. Instead,find opportunities to spend some time focusing on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, private and family worship, and lovingly serving others.
• Pray that this health crisis will pass soon and that we can resume our regular gatherings quickly.
5. Please remember to continue to financially support the ministry of Cross Roads Baptist Church. Our ability to continue doing ministry and to respond to crises like this one is dependent on faithful giving. As Hebrews 13:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” As we have already seen in our time in the book of Haggai, it’s all God’s anyway. We are stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to us. Let’s remain focused on God’s kingdom during these uncertain days.
6. Stay safe. Keep your focus on Jesus.
• Thank you for your flexibility. We will see each other soon.