Grace and Peace BBC Family,
Psalm 46:1-3 For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.
Psalm 121:1-8 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.
Believer, Who is your Refuge, Strength, Helper, Keeper, Shade, Protector, and Guard? Is it not the Lord Who made heaven and earth? The Outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) doesn’t change where your help comes from. We don’t abandon our hope in God when a crisis strikes! Rather this is an opportunity to demonstrate where our hope truly lies. Our help does not come from a medicine cabinet, food pantry or a roll of bathroom tissue. Our help comes from the Lord and we have the unique privilege of being the signposts for hope and stability in a world of hopelessness and uncertainty. We don’t fear like those who have no hope (Isaiah 8:11-13). We choose the fear of the Lord!
While it’s important that we don’t give in to fear and panic, it’s also important that we exercise wisdom and do what we can to care for those who are the most vulnerable among us. One of the ways that BBC intends to serve our church family and the local community is by following the directives of our state and local officials regarding the prohibition of larger social gatherings. Instead of meeting together as a church, for the next two Sundays, BBC will Livestream our Sunday services and will hold a special Q&A online. We are asking all of our church family to access these services through a link that we will send to you.
We would also ask that small groups refrain from meeting during the next 14 days as well. However, this does not mean that we are refraining from serving one another! We want to use this as an opportunity to serve one another in love and care for those who are the most vulnerable among us. This means if you know of someone who needs medicine for their cabinet, food for their pantry or a roll of bathroom tissue, please serve them! Also, if you are in need of any essential items, please don’t hesitate to contact your small group leader or Pastor Matt Feldi.
Please continue to be in prayer for one another and for all who are in authority over us (1 Tim 2:2).
We Don’t Fear Like Those who have No Hope!
In Christ Alone,