March 8 was like any other Sunday. It was the second Sunday of Lent and we handed out the brown bags to collect food for FISH, the local food pantry. Dwayne was the song leader and Lloyd was the worship leader. I preached on the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15. I started by asking how we react to people who are different than us and who is welcome here at Evermore.
We were cautioned to not put ourselves above others or look down on others. I talked about spiritual warfare and how we must be imitators of God and love each other as Jesus loves us. We talked about the urgency of pursuing the lost and encouraged us to think of one person we want to share the gospel with.
Little did we know on March 8 that we would not be meeting together for several months. Things changed a lot that week.
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Be still and know that I am God I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46: 10-11
Soon after we shut down on March 15, we turned to these two scriptures to give us comfort and strength during these uncertain times. We encouraged people to pray at 7:14 am and 7:14 pm as we came together to support each other and hear from God. We encouraged people to read a Psalm a day. There was a lot of uncertainty and unknowns as we entered this period.
Ten weeks later, May 24, we will come back together to worship. What a blessing it will be.
The logistics of gathering on May 24 will be very different compared to March 8. We handed out guidelines last week for our gathering together. But even though a lot has changed over the last several months there is one thing that has not changed.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
God and Jesus never change. The word of God never changes and we know it is truth. We can have faith not fear. God is our rock and our fortress. He loves us so much that we can’t fathom how deep His love is. God will take care of us. He is in control. We come on May 24 to worship the God who is still on the throne. Praise be to God. Glory to His name.
As we gather on May 24, the words of the sermon on March 8 ring true. Don’t look down on each other. Give each other grace. Be imitators of God and love each other as Jesus loves us. God wants non to perish and so many people today are looking for peace, hope and answers to life. May we give them the eternal hope of salvation: Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16