Have you ever heard someone say, “the church is more than a building.” Have you thought about it or said this yourself? To be clear, yes it is. But it’s together, often in a building, that God stirs our affections for Him and each other! The author of Hebrews communicates this clearly:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)
Stirring each other up for good works. At this time, we may not be able to gather together in person, but that does not stop us from being in church! It has not stopped us from cheering on good works for the good of the city. In fact, I personally have seen time and time again how the fellowship of the church gathering has changed hearts, while also seeing how God’s work in someone’s heart has changed the gathering! It is beautiful! There is nothing else like it. It cannot be quantified. It cannot be explained. And it is so good.
This is why I write to you. Not because we had a committee assembled to figure out how to be the church now. Rather, the church was “gathering” together online to care for each other well and to stir up some good works. If you are looking for ways to serve your neighbors and care for those that are most vulnerable, I have good news. You can! It is about being faithful stewards of what God has given.
Needs to pray about and to serve in
If you are like me and need help getting started, consider some of these options
Elderly Relatives and Neighbors
Helping with chores, yard work, errands, and just checking in on the elderly in your life.
Supporting Small Businesses
Care for Mental Health
For personal mental health needs, but also for checking in on others to see how they are really doing. The biblical counseling care team has everything from videos, books, blogs, and more to help bring the gospel to bear.
Food Pantries and Shelters
Consider volunteering at one, and many are taking great measures to make volunteering still socially-distant. Jon and Michelle are volunteering at Feeding America on 4/3/20 (1-4pm) and the Hunger Task Force on 4/9/20 (1-4pm) if anyone wants to join and be in relative proximity to one another.
Consider Donating Blood
Donors are needed desperately during this time, and blood drives are taking steps to keep things sanitary and socially-distant for donors.
Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers
Here is the resource and instructions that go over how to do this, if you have the skills and access to materials to help.
Health Concerns and Pregnancies
Pray for and work to support those that are expecting and others that have prior health conditions that affect them.
Federal Stimulus Package
If the current legislation passes through Congress as expected, Americans will be receiving money from the government. If you don’t personally need it to get by, consider supporting ID, or one of our partners. Reconcile Church, Safe Families, or Compassion International.
Trusting in Jesus
There are good works to be done in the name of the great God we serve, Jesus Christ. We don’t have to be anxious about tomorrow. We don’t have to fear for our lives. We can trust the One who gave His life so that we might live. We can fully serve, generously give, and truly worship. And we can do it all for the glory of God alone.