Romans 15:23 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
As I write this I am and have been in prayer for wisdom and discernment from Holy Spirit as to our response to this situation the world is in.
First of all I want to say we are the Body of Christ, set apart for His particular use. We are a people who are to be led by FAITH not driven by fear. We are to carry the kingdom into every area of life with the answer to the problems that we are confronted with.
Consider Luke 10:19, (TPT)“Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority.”
Remember Mark 16:17-18, (TPT) “And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.”
Second, we must let hope arise in our own lives and release it to those around us. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” This verse gives us our response when lacking hope, “I will say of the Lord” is a mandated declaration not a recommendation. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my Fortress, My God in whom I trust.” This should be our response for those in fear. Not judgement but rather encouragement to let hope arise. Hopelessness is contagious. Hope is even more contagious so let hope arise in you and release it through a smile and a word of encouragement. Release it through providing for needs presented by your neighbors. If they are afraid remember PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR, and love them. Love looks like something so read 1 Corinthians 13 and remind yourself what it looks like. Notice there is no place there where love judges.
Third, we are taking every precaution to make our meeting place a Sanctuary, a place of safety. We have increased our cleaning measures and frequency to disinfect all areas that will be used. We are also making Hand Sanitizer available to everyone in the building. We will also be pooling people as they arrive if necessary to limit exposure. Pooling will be accomplished by having viewing capabilities in multiple rooms to worship within our facility.
Fourth, We have been broadcasting our service live on YouTube and if you are in one of the high risk groups, or showing symptoms, or are uncomfortable gathering, we want you to join us on our broadcast live on Sunday morning at 10:00am. You can access that channel through this link at our regular service time of 10:00am on Sunday.
The Spirit of God is not limited to time or space so you can be touched and transformed even through technology. Engage there if you are unable to gather corporately. No one but Holy Spirit can tell you what to do in this case and you are well able to hear His voice. We trust Holy Spirit in you!
We are aware of recommendations from Local, State and Federal levels of government to limit the meeting size to fight the spread of COVID-19. As of this writing there has been no mandate to churches to not meet. Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue and Collin County Judge Chris Hill, have both recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people. Our Governor, Gregg Abbot, has deferred judgement to the local authorities.
Think with me for a moment. What if in this time of crisis, a person was ready to reach out for help, and in a time that historically the church gathers, they decide to go to a house of worship and find it closed due to COVID-19? What would that say about the church and Christians? Possibly what some are already saying in much of the world today, “What difference does God make?” If we err I want to err on the side of faith not fear.
I can hear some of you saying, “Well, what about common sense? Shouldn’t we follow common sense directives from those in authority?” Absolutely, we should. Common sense says, “Wash your hands. Common sense says, “When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with tissue and dispose of into a trash receptacle or into the bend of your elbow. Common sense says, “Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth”. Yes, follow common sense. Just don’t let common sense become the hiding place of fear.
Recommendations are not mandates and therefore the following is our response.
We will continue to meet as scheduled for Corporate Worship in our facility at our regular times. We will be pooling in groups of less than 50.
Our Youth will be meeting at their regular times.
Mosaic Small Groups will continue to meet at their scheduled times and locations.
School of the Spirit will NOT meet this month and will begin again in April.
We will have Healing Rooms open the third Saturday of each month throughout this crisis.
Ablaze School of Supernatural Ministry will be held at its regular times.
The church office will be open at the regular times.
We will continue holding our regularly scheduled prayer meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
There is a giving option for those who are unable to attend regular services. You can give through the @Pay Link on our website. During this time the church family has continued responsibilities as does your family. Your continued faithfulness is appreciated.
Please be reaching out to your neighbors and friends to check on them. Remember, this is an amazing opportunity for the church to be love extended.
If a mandate comes from either Local, State or Federal Authorities we will adjust to their requirements.
We pray that those infected by COVID-19 will be healed supernaturally and recover quickly.
We pray that our cities, state and nation would turn to the One, Jesus Christ, who is the answer to every crisis.
We pray that the Church would arise in their authority and hope and put down this attack from the enemy.
And we pray that you would be healthy and whole in Jesus Name, Amen!
Faith Filled and Hope Rising submitted to the Family,
Pastor Randy Hill