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Two Coronavirus Questions

Note: For the latest updates, visit ingleside.org/updates.

You have no doubt been flooded with the talk of the new year that is the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It has had a significant effect on the health and lives of those in China and is increasingly impacting other areas of the world. Perhaps you have been or know someone who has been personally affected by it.

In the swarm of news reports and social media posts, you may be asking two questions: “How is my church responding?” and “How should believers respond?”

How is my church responding?

  1. Our gatherings for worship, discipleship, and fellowship are still occurring. We will continue to meet until governmental authorities require otherwise.
  2. We encourage everyone at Ingleside to follow appropriate hygiene guidelines as outlined by the CDC. There are also a number of hand sanitizer stations around campus, and we are purchasing more.
  3. Extra measures of sanitizing high-touch areas all around our campus like doors, railings, faucets, and counters have been put into effect.
  4. Though we want to maintain a warm and welcoming church, we suggest sticking to waves and Wuhan Shakes, rather than our traditional greetings for a season.
  5. As we monitor the coronavirus day-by-day, we will communicate any other adjustments in a clear and timely manner. Please check our Facebook page or website to find up-to-date information.

How should believers respond?

  1. Exhibit faith rather than fear. Temptations to panic are around every corner. Don’t be surprised by them. In I Timothy 1:7, we are reminded of the great promise that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” The Lord has seen his people through millennia of turmoil and tragedy, and he will see us through this virus outbreak.
  2. Know that “facts are your friends.” Don’t succumb to the pressure of posting an alarming article or spouting off an unproven assumption. Followers of Jesus are people of truth (John 14:6, 8:32), whether that truth comes from the Bible or, in this case, trusted sources. You can learn a wealth of information here, here, or here.
  3. Honor the direction from governing authorities. Right now, we still have great freedom to come and go as we please. However, authorities with country or state-wide interests may place restrictions on you. Again, Paul encourages us in Romans 13:1 when he says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
  4. Pray for the work of the gospel around the world. Spend some time each day asking for strength, boldness, wisdom, and encouragement for our brothers and sisters in affected areas. Many of our mission partners around the globe are being challenged in their work. Pray for patience and creativity of ministry.
  5. Bear one another’s burdens. Let these moments be ones that make your heart more tender toward the needs of others around you. Coronavirus or not, renew your commitment to display the gospel in selfless service to others, especially those of the household of faith.

World events like this offer the church an opportunity to be a paragon of wisdom, love, truth, and grace. Let’s shine the light of Christ brightly while the world is watching!

In Christ,
andy-johnson
Executive Pastor