Update for May 18
Please remain in prayer for the staff and elders as they continue to consider how we can best love the Lord our God and love our neighbors as ourselves. As they think about the best next steps forward, join us in asking for the mind of Christ so that we might follow God’s wisdom. As information continues to be released and laws and guidelines continue to be updated, our desire is to be faithful to God’s Word both in honoring our Savior and by honoring his command to be subject to the governing authorities. As soon as any changes to our current practices are made, we will update the congregation through all our communication outlets (eg. website, video / blog, social media, e-mail, etc.).
Update for March 14
Christ Baptist Family,
As pastors and church leaders around the country talk about the Coronavirus outbreak, a common thread is that they are wrestling with uncertainty because none of us have been in this situation before. Frankly, I think the decision would be a lot easier if we didn’t regard God and the call to worship him as highly as we do.
The elders have again met to discuss how we will respond to the health crisis and have decided that we will NOT meet tomorrow, Sunday March 15. This decision is in line with virtually all other evangelical congregations in Wake county and the Raleigh-Durham area. At this time, as we continue to consider our witness in the wider community, it is important that our actions not be viewed or interpreted as defiance.
As for live streaming, YES, there will be a live stream. You can do that by following this link on Sunday morning a few minutes before 10:30 am. Since we are not having a normal worship service, the live stream for this week will consist only of me giving a message on Psalm 46. I anticipate that this will last between 20-30 minutes. I would encourage everyone to begin a time of prayer, Bible reading and singing (if you are so gifted!) in preparation for the message at 10:30.
On a final note, I would like to add that when we seek to love our neighbor that includes not only each other and those who live around us, but also healthcare providers. These are the people who will choose our lives over theirs, who will serve us sacrificially and, let us not forget, have families of their own.
As for next Sunday, March 22, the elders will communicate to the congregation clearly and in good time next week.
Grace & peace,