North Anderson Baptist Church
Trust in the Lord and Fear Not
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
1. FEAR AND HOPE AMIDST THE CORONAVIRUS

FEAR - It seems the fear that comes because of this virus; has to do with the way it is spreading and humankind doesn’t seem to be able to stop it or control it. Even some of the medical experts can describe it but in some ways can’t get a handle on it to stop the contagious virus. Humans think we can solve any problems that come our way, yet with this coronavirus it unnerves us that we don’t seem to be able to stop it and the fear has grabbed most people all over the world. It has created national fear in more ways than we can count. As of this writing, ball games are being canceled; theaters are shutting down; schools are closing; travel is restricted, the stock market is on a crazy, down and then up, hopefully to be leveling off soon and finally, some government officials want churches not to have services. It’s almost as though our nation is being attacked by an invisible enemy seeking to destroy us.

HOPE - Here is where the Gospel comes in. God is a God of no fear, of trust and reliance upon Him when times are unsure.
Christians have a bold witness to give to the world. Our God is the One and only God, He created the universe at the command of His voice, His power is beyond compare and His glory endures forever and created all there is out of nothing. The crown of His creation is humanity who are created in His image and whom He loves. Although all that love is shown to His creation, we have rebelled and refused His love and have broken His commands; with that rebellion death, sorrow and destruction came into this world and has become normal.

“This brokenness takes on many forms—natural disasters, poverty, sickness—and an unpredictable, invisible virus that has jolted the world.” (Tony Perkins)

Death and destruction are real and as we see disease are a result of the sin of mankind. God desires to be reconciled with sinners and thus planned from the foundations of the world to send His precious Son Jesus Christ to live the perfect life and then die for the sins of all of God’s creation. With that, the real focus of the world has become the death of Jesus on the cross in Jerusalem and the resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is His death and resurrection that changes lives and provides reconciliation to God, through being born again by the Holy Spirit of God. Because of Jesus’ death, God's wrath has been satisfied.

Even Jesus talks about the fear of man and the death that comes by their sin. But more than that, He talked about how men can look to God’s love and find salvation from their sins by the Son of God, Savior and Lord.
Jesus reminded Nicodemus that the event in the lives of the Israelites in the desert during their rebellion against God, that even then God made a way out. He had Moses make a bronze snake and place it on a pole and put the pole in the middle of the camp and when the poisonous snakes that came to infest their camp bit someone, if the person bit would only look to the pole with the bronze snake on it, then they would live. They had to “look with faith that God would heal them.”

God wants to remind us He is still here even when we are afraid of the terror that stalks us. There is hope in Jesus and trusting in Him.
2. God’s Word Speaks to Us

God’s wonderful words speak to our hearts to calm and comfort us when there are trouble and trials that come our way. While the world gets fearful and frightened about the future or about the unknown, we who are the children of God are to trust in him and believe that He is able to take care of us and use what comes our way to glorify Him.

Last night Lynda and I and another couple saw the movie “I Still Believe.” It is not a spoiler to tell you that Jeremy Camp and his wife go through a horrible time with her health. It is in the trailer. But what happens in regard to the health crisis and their faith and how God uses the tragedy is absolutely inspiring for Christians and I hope for the non-believer who goes to see it. God’s great sovereignty is seen and His wonderful love is expressed through all parts of their lives. It was a wonderful movie to see. God holds us when we fear and brings hope to the brokenhearted. We can trust God and know He is working on our behalf.
3. God Has a Challenge for the Church

Dr. Carson, who's part of the vice president's task force on the coronavirus, thinks America's churches should be ramping up their efforts to help the needy. With that said, with this uncertainty in our economy, what challenges will that bring for the church? There will be a lot of people who will be hurt over this virus and families will need extra help and concern from the family of God. Even though the government might put a plan together to ask the churches and nonprofits to help with the most needed, we at NABC have to decide, “How will we be the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus to a people who are in need and can use help with the true necessities of life?” Dr. Carson wants to remind the church to focus on the good they could be doing.

Dear friends I don’t want to think negatively but to think about what Jesus wants us to do during a crisis like this. Jesus told us when He was about to leave His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Let nothing paralyze us but walk with faith and allow God to guide us. Greg Laurie says, “Though there is reason to be afraid of COVID-19, I believe there are greater reasons not to be.”

To start off, the mortality rate of the virus may be lower than first believed (given the number of unknown cases, epidemiologists believe it’s closer to 1%). We also know the world is responding to manage the spread of the virus, and if you are careful and follow doctors’ recommendations, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting infected. And while the stock market has taken a major blow, it will probably be OK in the long run. President Trump announced he will work on relief efforts for hourly workers, including a payroll tax cut, which has helped stocks rally after a dramatic plunge.
Let’s be practical:
Do all that the doctors tell you to do. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands consistently, don’t shake hands with others, etc. If you can, avoid any unnecessary travel, especially overseas to regions where the virus has spread.
Let’s be prayerful:
God’s people need to ask God to intervene and to stop the spread of this virus. God is a miracle God and He listens to the prayers of His people. I realize the media thinks it is cheesy to pray and even belittles the Vice President when the team he is leading to find out how to respond to the virus prayed before they began trying to figure out what they were going to do. But God doesn’t, He wants us to ask of him. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 Pray for the health care professionals as they research and those who have the hands-on work to do with patients. Pray for the elderly and those folks in nursing homes and assisted living homes because they are more vulnerable. We found out yesterday that the assisted living place Lynda’s folks are in is now locked down.

Pray for our President that He will listen to God and lead us in a way that will be best for all the citizens of the country. Pray specifically for our missionaries all over the world, some living even in the areas with higher rates of the virus. But in the midst of this crisis, pray that they will be able to share the Good News of Jesus even more effectively. James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Be prepared:
Do whatever it takes to get ready for the physical needs you might have. But!, leave the rest of us some toilet paper please! You may need to prepare financially.
Be prepared spiritually.
Are you in a right relationship with God? Maybe you come to church once in a while or you used to be more faithful than you are now, because of the unknown of this virus each of us need to be ready to meet our maker. You may need to confess your sin and renew that once vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus. Today is the great day to confess and ask forgiveness of the sin you have committed. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9)

I said earlier that Jesus is the only Savior and Lord of this world. Jesus died and was buried and then rose again on the third day. He is now alive and Christians believe and follow Him as His disciples, seeking to live and serve Him for the glory of God. Yes, we have a home in eternity with God but we are living here now, and God says serve Him with gladness and love one another with the love He has for us. This virus may serve as a way God wants you to get right with Him and then serve others who need His love.

Our God is able to give peace in the midst of the storm.

Let me close by saying this, no one knows the time or date when our Jesus will return. But here what He said, “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven…When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:11, 28

Is this the time of Jesus’ return? Who knows but if we live like he will return tomorrow those around us will see the love of Jesus and the care of His church to the needed and lost and maybe your ONE will come to know the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. Hallelujah

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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