A lot has happened since last month. As a people we are now living under a government ordered stay at home order. We have ceased to physically meet as the body of Christ. As I have seen many people post, “our idols have all been put on the shelf, our sports idols, entertainment idols, travel idols, work idols, social idols” and maybe the primary idol, the belief that WE are in control.

One place where we have seen us lose control is in our rhythm of church worship and gathering as the body of Christ. I am confident that we will see this reverse in a timely manner. Realizing that we are not in control is a great spiritual lesson to learn. It is very freeing as well. When we experience the truth of passages like Matthew 6:33 “seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

All these things, in the context of the passage, isn’t talking about the idols I mentioned before. It is talking about the “things” that Jesus was teaching in the beatitudes. What a time for us to need all of “these things.” To be poor in spirit, to mourn over our sin, to be gentle and to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to have a pure heart and to be a peacemaker. These are great attitudes for days like these.

I am really encouraged as I see, read and hear about how churches all over Indiana and America are responding to this challenge. COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our life. In many bad ways but also in some really good ways. I am hearing everywhere that churches are calling their people, checking in on them, seeing if they can serve each other and even seeing how they can serve their communities.

I am encouraged to see how our leaders around the state are stepping up to steer pastors and people to a place of hope and not to despair. This season of the COVID-19 virus will end! Hearing about churches like Graceland offering to let other local churches come in and do recordings of their worship. Seeing churches of all sizes and backgrounds step up to the technological challenges of getting their worship available online. Even children’s Sunday School being taught online. Seeing our state convention, associations, entities, and ministry companies who are stepping up to guide churches to resources. We have an ongoing list of resource pages on our SCBI web page (https://scbi.org/covid-19/)

I am also encouraged to see that our main priority of the Mile Marker 2025 vision, is to see “churches helping churches.” To see us leaning on each other, learning from each other, resourcing one another and caring for each other. In a strange way, we have the opportunity to make this happen for the sake of the Gospel.

One main opportunity we have here is to see God use this to spread the Gospel, to see His body the church come together (John 17) to be ONE so that the world may know.

Hebrews 3:13 reminds us “But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today.”

Pastors: we are having a weekly zoom meeting at 1:30 PM EST on Wednesdays; email Alison Blankenship (ablankenship@scbi.org)  if you are not receiving our email invite.

STATE: Join our State Prayer Coordinator, Tom Savage, and SCBI Team Leader for Church/Leader Development for a statewide Prayer Meeting on Facebook Live, on Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 PM so we can pray together.

Please regularly check our web page (WWW.SCBI.ORG) or our Facebook page for daily updated information.

Until Next Time,

Steve