Acts 29 Remnant planned to meet and worship God through a pandemic. Recently they came to their senses and are canceling public meetings and gatherings. This post is a quick update to a post written a few days ago.
“There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth.“
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.
1 Peter 4:1-4 NIV
Acts 29 Remnant in Richmond, Virginia
This blog recently wrote about Acts 29 Remnant planning on meeting and conducting business as usual in the COVID-19 epidemic. You can read about that in, “When Church is Hazardous to Your Health. Acts 29 Remnant in Richmond, Virginia Allegedly Plans to Continue Meeting During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Does a Recent Blog Article by Doug Ponder Explain Their Reckless Behavior?” On Wednesday March 18, 2020 Remnant sent out an email to the congregation changing course. The Acts 29 church is canceling all worship services and community groups. This church is becoming compliant with what the Center for Disease Control is asking of Americans during this difficult time. Below you can see the email that was sent out to the congregation. As always this blog hopes that people remain safe in this medical crisis.
|CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS!|
|Greetings Church Family,
Our pastors are continuing to pray during this difficult season and seek to care and serve our church family well through this time. We have also continued to monitor the Local, State, and National guidelines, along with the CDC and World Health Organization, concerning COVID-19. As always, we want to care well for our church family at Remnant as well as our surrounding community. During this time, we will continue to monitor the developments and guidelines to ensure that we are serving our church and community well.
In light of the most recent developments, Remnant Church is responding in the following ways:
ALL SUNDAY GATHERINGS & COMMUNITY GROUP GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED THROUGH MARCH 29th.
While we won’t be meeting for the next two weeks, we do want to continue to trust and lean on Jesus as our source of hope and joy in the midst of this trial. We also want to fight the temptation to fear or panic regarding that which may destroy the body, but cannot destroy the soul (Matt. 10:28). The best way for us to continue to look to Jesus is to look to him together as a church and encourage one another in the gospel!
Along these lines, we will be sending out a Bible Study and Prayer Guide, via Remnant Online, for the next two Sundays to help us look to Jesus together! The guide will be sent out on Sunday Mornings and will include a gospel-centered encouragement, from the Scriptures, as well as some helpful materials for engaging and including kids in our discussions. Our prayer is that these guides will provide a rich time of meditation on the promises of God along with a time of prayer to remind us to trust Jesus and be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light” (Col. 1:11-12).
While we won’t be meeting formally for the next couple of weeks, we want to encourage everyone to continue giving and serving generously as a church so that we can continue supporting the work of the gospel here in Richmond and beyond (especially during this time). Currently, about 75% of our church gives online. If you already give online, please continue to give online over the next few weeks. If you do not give online, you can give online by clicking the link below:
Also if you would prefer to give your support via check, you may do so by making your checks out to “Remnant Church” and sending them to:
Lastly, we want to encourage you with 4 things that God can teach us in this moment:
1) HUMILITY: Times like these remind us that we are not in control of what happens to us. Many of our friends, family, and neighbors may be faced with this realization for the first time. This moment is therefore an opportunity to remember that Jesus is in control, and to humble ourselves before Him (James 4:13-16).
2) URGENCY: Our culture, who normally lives in denial of death, is being forced to acknowledge our own mortality. God tells us this is a good thing: “For death is the destiny of everyone, and the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). That is why Jesus used occasions like this to remind people of the inescapability of death and the necessity to prepare for it (Luke 13:1-9).
3) FAITH: When the Spanish flu broke out in 1918, Pastor Francis Grimké said this to his church: “I felt, as doubtless you all felt, who are Christians, the blessedness of a firm grip upon Jesus Christ—the blessedness of a realizing sense of being anchored in God and in His precious promises. While the plague was raging, while thousands were dying, what a comfort it was to feel that we were in the hands of a loving Father who was looking out for us, who had given us the great assurance that all things should work together for our good. And, therefore, that come what would—whether we were smitten with the epidemic or not, or whether being smitten, we survived or perished, we knew it would be well with us, that there was no reason to be alarmed. Even if death came, we knew it was all right.” All of this is true for us because of our faith in the God who raises the dead (John 11:25).
4) LOVE: We are surrounded by people who are coming to grips with their lack of control and their own mortality *without faith in the resurrection of Jesus.* What should we do? First, we should look for occasions to serve one another and our neighbors courageously and sacrificially as those who have no fear of death. Second, we must not simply settle for sentimental reassurances; instead, we should speak winsomely about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ!
We love you all and are praying for you and your families during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us or your community group leaders with any needs that you or someone you know may have so that we may work together to serve those in our midst.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Sean: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ in all things,