3/31/20 Church Service Update
Church Service Update:
This is an update to inform you of what the church is doing as we navigate through this health crisis together.
There are many things happening, that I believe point to the coming Great Tribulation. There is obviously a pause being placed upon us as the body of Christ which is accomplishing a few things, depending on our hearts.
We can view this as the Lord preparing His church for the coming harvest of souls. You can play a part in this as you gather your family to study the Word, pray, intercede, and include in your worship time the church’s schedule of children’s services, Bible Studies, Sermons and worship songs. These can all be found on the church webpage: www.erieshoresag.org
We can view this as the Lord creating a deeper hunger within our soul for more of Him and a longing to be together again as the body of Christ in worship and prayer. I am looking forward to the Sunday in which we are able to gather as a body. In the meantime, please reach out to those within our body, by phone or text. Pray with each other, encourage and don’t take for granted that everyone has been reached. If the Lord places someone on your heart, call them, they need to hear from you.
What Satan has meant for destruction God turns around for His glory! We must be faithful!
I want to be clear as to the church’s role in all of this. This health crisis is not an attack against the Gospel of Jesus Christ in that the government is trying to shut the church down or keep us from gathering. The gospel is not being hindered in any fashion but rather we have been given great opportunity to reach out more than ever.
To illustrate this, if we knew that a natural disaster was headed toward the church building, or if the church had billows of smoke pouring out of it, or we were hit with an ice storm, the church leadership would not have services for the reason of everyone’s safety, and good common sense that the Lord has given us. Likewise, we would not be good stewards by placing anyone in harm’s way for health reasons, which are unseen.
Those who continue to hold church services across the country have seen people hospitalized, with some perishing because they caught the virus at a church service. We are without excuse with the information that we now have. Continuing to hold services during this time will do great damage to our Christian witness.
Paul told Timothy, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
There is no distinction here whether governmental leadership is hostile to the church or not. We are to pray for our civic leaders so “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.” As we are obedient to God’s Word, our testimony, which is more powerful than we realize, will be honored by God. Let us live life in the hope we have in Christ Jesus, with a desire inline with the Lord’s “that all men to be saved…”
With all of that being said, our desire to gather for church services as a body this Sunday, April 5th, will not be possible. It is also quite possible that we will not be able to gather Easter Sunday either. This is painful for me, and I don’t like it at all, however, I would be more grieved if someone became ill due to our gathering. God must move in our nation for this to end, meaning the church must pray as never before.
The church is going to increase our online awareness through our webpage with devotions, worship, sermons, children’s ministries, Royal Rangers, Bible Studies and more. All of that is easy to access but if you need help, let me know.
For those who do not have internet or smart phones and would like a CD of worship songs and/or the latest sermon, call the church office and leave a message or call me, and we will mail one to you, if not deliver it.
Thank you to all who have faithfully sent in your tithe or have brought it to the church. It is greatly appreciated. This church, you, are a gift to my family and to each other. Never take that lightly.
Again, here are the links to our devotions, sermons and ministries which can all be located on the webpage:
Facebook is: Erie Shores A/G
Youtube is: Erie Shores Youtube
Webpage is: www.erieshoresag.org
Your main page for information will be our webpage. Please share this with others.
Thank you again for your faithfulness!
If you or someone you know are in need of anything, please let me know! You are loved and being prayed for daily. God is good and He only gives GOOD gifts!