Message from Pastor

The COVID-19 crisis has created a new reality with a profound impact on the church. The gathering together of believers to worship the living God together in close proximity is not possible at this point in time. This creates stress and uncertainties. How do we remain faithful when the guidelines we are to live by change moment by moment? And yet, we know that we are able to face tomorrow with hope because of God’s amazing love as demonstrated through Jesus Christ.

 

As you struggle in the midst of uncertainties, let me suggest that “we are a people of faith”.  In his second letter to the church at Corinth Paul wrote “...We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7). We may not know the reasons for this unique, infectious outbreak, but as pilgrims awaiting another home, --- we are called to live by faith. This means we cling to our Lord Jesus Christ who journeys with us. It is Jesus who gives us faith to trust him in uncertain times. May we never forget that WE ARE A PEOPLE OF FAITH.

 

Second, don’t forget prayer is essential. It is our lifeline. Paul wrote to the Philippian church “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6). And to the anxious Thessalonians, he wrote “pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17). These are clear reminders that we are to be a people of prayer. It is a part of our worship of the living God. As we pray, we take on an attitude of dependence as we converse with the Lord through the day and night. As we pray, we express our trust and faith in him in the midst of daily living --- whether it is a peaceful time or one of crisis. In the midst of this these times of uncertainty, ---pray that God will redeem all of what is happening for His glory. God hears our prayers. YES, prayer is essential.

 

Third, remember that we are the church. Jesus told Peter, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matt.16:18). Nothing will crush, defeat or eliminate the church. That means not even COVID-19. The church will remain, even into eternity. The church is a body of believers who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. The church bands together, lives together, loves together and faces challenges together. Whether we are in the same room or communicating afar, --- our unifying connection is Jesus Christ. It is Jesus that holds us together. Never forget, KBC family, --- we are the church.

 

And yes, we have a role to play in battling this virus. It is by faith, ---through prayer. As a church, --- we want to be obedient citizens. As believers, ---we have a responsibility.  We are to practice good hygiene, practice social distance, and even exercise and demonstrate restraint in the midst of the uncertainties that seem to be swirling all around us. May we not add to the panic and chaos that is all around.

Pastor Bill

Kensington Baptist Church

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