A Way Forward for Christian Life in the Midst of Pandemic.
Our rhythm of life has been greatly disrupted in the last month. Some of us may have no affects other than the inconvenience of loss of shopping and entertainment. Others or their family members have contracted the virus and are living under a cloud of dread with symptoms and the unknown of their particular infection. We don’t know how this will affect us all in the next few months. James 4:14 tells us that 'we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.' But we have hope!
This is where the care and empathy of the community is critical. Restoration is no exception. This is where connecting beyond a simple, shallow Sunday morning greeting is essential. It is the difference between attending a church and being the church. It is the remedy for a false, short duration, disposable world. We know the Church is not those things because God is eternal and we are His children in Christ Jesus. The virus has exposed us for who we are. Are we simply attending? Are we engaged in Christ embodying ministry? Are we attending or truly believing and being discipled by God’s Word?
As Christians, we serve the God of all. Everything that exists, exists because he created it and sustains it. We are finite. He is infinite. We were born. We will die. God has always been and always will be. This gives the Christian the unique perspective of eternity because God has invited us into loving relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. That is the essence. Jesus, being The Way, showed us the way. He did this in community with the disciples. We must do the same.
Our community needs you now, more than ever. Our gathering is not possible at this time, but Restoration Church is far from closed or shut down. This past week, there was an intentional effort by the Ministry Council to connect and pray with RCC members and attenders. (At least those who have given us contact info!) Let me encourage you to do the same! Connect with someone you love. Ask them how they are doing-really, how are they doing? Offer to pray with them and for them. It is a weird time and Jesus is our peace. If you have Jesus in your life, you have peace. Even in the midst of infection, anxiety, fear, and dread, you have peace because of His life giving peace.
We have been given biblical mandates that have not been lifted. These commands are for us to evangelize, teaching each other to obey, to continue to meet together (technology still makes this possible), to give, and to bear fruit! We will do our best to creatively accomplish these commands. It will require us to do things that we would not have done before. It will require us to learn new skills, new technologies, and new understandings of God’s always relevant, never changing Word.
We will prayerfully figure it out as a community as we keep moving more and more towards Christlike life together. Your discipleship is now, more than ever, in your own hands. I can provide tools, but you must pick them up and use them. Here are the ways WE will do this!
- We are continuing our sermon series through Acts each week. You can find this at RCC’s website or YouTube.
- Our Gospel Communities will be meeting through some apps like Zoom, Hangouts, FaceTime and others. This will be based upon your Gospel Community.
- Beginning next week, we will do a Zoom meeting on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm for a brief devotion and discussion each week. You will need to download the app. Do this from Zoom’s website or the Apple or Android Play store.
Troy VanHorn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Our ministry is continuing. This will be a difficult time financially for many. If you need help, help is available. If you can help, make the most of your abilities during this time. This is where we get to look like the early church in sharing and caring for one another. We have been good stewards of what God has entrusted to us and have been financially responsible. He blessed us greatly this past year with the roof, the heaters, the carpet, and painting the building. It is now time for us to look at how we can give, rather than how we can add to our own security and comfort. There are two ways to give:
788 Smith Rd.
Camano Island 98282
SECURELY GIVE ONLINE
(This is how my family has been giving and it makes it simple and easy! We set up our recurring tithe amount which comes out on a certain day each month!)
We have an unprecedented challenge ahead of us. We have unprecedented opportunity to be part of what God is doing with these dark days. He will not waste the pain, but use it for His glory and the salvation of people. But for us today, we must draw near to God. Repent of our sin. Our sin as a nation, our sin as a people. Our sin as a community. And of course, our own personal sin. We must repent. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. He is gracious, just, and forgiving. Pray for Him to be merciful to those that are suffering from sin, death, and disease. Pray for opportunities to be light in the darkness, pointing people to the true light, Jesus Christ.
It is a privilege to pastor Restoration Church. It is a privilege to evangelize, preach, teach, care for and be cared for at Restoration Church. These days will define us as we move into the future. We must deliberately seek Him. May God’s name be known among us for all to see!
2 Timothy 2:2