As we respond as a local church we are seeking to do three things:
1) Not forsake gathering together as followers of Jesus
2) Honor our government
3) Love our neighbors well by not contributing to spreading the virus further
- Our plan is to do a pre-recorded video of worship and a devotional Word on Friday at the RCB offices in Downtown Bryan. Then, Sunday at 10:00am this video will be available for viewing on our Restoration Facebook Page. Through Facebook Premiere, the video will have the look and feel of a "live" video. In addition, we will create a landing page (link coming soon) on our Restoraiton website with the pre-recorded video as well. Church family, this means that (for Sunday, March 22 & 29) you should watch from Facebook or the RCB website, and not physically come to the church building.
- We encourage you to gather with your family, your roommates, and with those in your home. Cedric will lead us in a time of worship through song, and I will be bringing messages from Romans 12-13 in the coming weeks ahead. In addition, we also encourage you to pray and take communion together after this online experience.
- Tori will be providing families with resources for their children from the Gospel Project. This will allow our families to still engage children and make sure they're learning about Jesus! I would encourage families to come together BEFORE the video airs, between 9:00am - 10:00am to walk with their kiddos through this material.
SERVING ONE ANOTHER
Also, we've created a RCB Cares Facebook page to help meet needs WITHIN our Restoration Church Bryan local church body. Be sure to click on the link, like the page, and let us know if you have any needs at this time.
THE MISSION CONTINUES
Philippians 4:4-7 says this: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Church family, there should be a marked difference between how the Christian community responds to crises and how the world as a whole responds. Yes, we need to walk in wisdom right now. Yes, we should obey our government (Romans 13:1-7), so long as their authority does not call us to directly contradict Scripture. However, we must give evidence of where our hope lies. As Paul reminds us in Philippians, we continue to rejoice, even in the face of uncertainty, fear, and suffering. We must be reasonable (so important right now!). And we must combat anxiety with fervent prayer, allowing God’s peace to flood our hearts and minds. Above all, we must be reminded that the mission has not changed. Covid 19 does not negate the Great Commission or the Great Commandment. We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ; and we are called to love God and to love our neighbors. Let's continue to press on in our mission to be a gospel-centered church devoted to discipleship and diversity. Let's continue to press into Jesus. And let's trust the Lord!