These past few weeks have been out of the ordinary to say the least. I want to thank everyone who has been patient with us during this time. From the start of this I told you that we will submit to God’s word that commands us to “not forsake the a assembling of the brethren”, and we have done that, and that will be our standard moving forward. Our stand has always been God’s Word and not the words of men. As I reflect on our services held in the parking lot I see some great things that have come from it; we have had several visitors, I saw the Church, even in the midst of chaos, find a way to meet. These things are encouraging and I am glad we have been able to do that over the last month. As this epidemic is leveling off and businesses are starting to resume some sense of normalcy, it is time for us to do the same. As of May 3, 2020 we will resume our regular scheduled activities in side. We will meet at 9:30 for Sunday School, 11:00 for our Lord’s day Service and Sunday evening we will have our Lord’s Supper service. As I stated on the front side of this situation, I know that pastors, godly pastors, will take a different approach than I do. I am not in any way placing a judgment on them, I am just letting you know what we will be doing at Trinity Baptist Church.
I do understand that not everyone will agree with me, nor will they have the same convictions. If you feel that coming to our regularly scheduled services will put you or your family at risk please do not come against your conscience. All of our services will be streamed through social media. You will not be judged nor seen as a lesser brother or sister. We are called to “bear with one another in love”, and that is what we will do. If you are not feeling well, we do ask you NOT to come. This also is an act of grace towards others. If you have been exposed in any way to someone who is infected with COVID-19 please DO NOT come to our regular scheduled services until you have been examined and are deemed not contagious. If you are part of the groups that are more susceptible to more grave consequences of COVID-19, and you do decide to attend services we ask that you make extra precautions to protect yourself from infection. We want to make sure that we take care of everyone by any means possible to us. We ask that as you come you take the same precautions that you would as you go to Wal-mart of the grocery store. There is sufficient space in our building for everyone to come and distance as they see fit.
It is now more than ever that we must “hold fast to the confession of our hope, without wavering(Heb. 10:23)”. We as the church must be convinced that our hope is eternal and not here on the earth. The promise made in Hebrews 10:23 is that “He…is faithful”. We believe that and we eagerly wait His return. That is our hope. In this same passage the writer commands us to “stir one another up in love and good works” as the pastor I desire that we do so more and more. If nothing else, this situation has revealed our need for one another! I have missed seeing a lot of you and have missed our interactions. The Church is so important in our walk with Christ. It is Him who has given it to us and Him who has kept it, and Him who will keep it. I look forward to worshiping with you all Sunday. I will preach from Ephesians 6:12 to finish out the series that we were doing while outside. Come eager to hear God’s Word, and enjoy the fellowship of the saints!