- Phone: (731) 421-2670
- Mailing Address: PO Box 11535 Jackson, TN 38308
March 12, 2020
Dear New Life Church,
We wanted to communicate with you as we are all aware of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that has been a global and national issue. As a church that gathers weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays, we wanted to provide some thoughts concerning this issue. We must remember that we are Christians who have the Word of God to guide us, the Spirit to sustain us, and the Sovereignty of the Almighty to protect us. God’s Word teaches us to ask for wisdom and He will provide it to us. As a church, we are not communicating information on medical advice concerning this virus. However, we will communicate ways we can continue to live our lives of faith as we always have been instructed by God’s Word. For information on the coronavirus, please avail yourself to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We are doing our best to think ahead and continue to be proactive in our space of responsibility. Here are a few thoughts to consider in responding by faith to this outbreak and other issues that may occur in our world:
God’s Word is very clear that we are to not live a life of worry. We don’t do this out of our own strength. We are able to live this way by the strength God supplies. His grace is sufficient and His is Word is energetic to produce this kind of faith inside of a believer. Please, do all you can to build up your faith (read God’s Word and let it grow up in you; keep your eye and ear gates guarded from the bombardment of fear and panic that the news media outlets along with social media outlets thrive on; keep yourself from talking negatively and being surrounded by negativity).
Matthew 6:33-34 (TPT)
33“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. 34Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Philippians 4:6-8 (TPT)
6Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. 8So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Psalm 91 --- read & pray this entire chapter
The general health practices that the medical professionals communicate are common sense. Let’s do our best to practice this and model this for our children & others as well. For example, wash our hands regularly with soap & warm water. At our church gatherings, we have many hand sanitizing stations available. We will also continue to make every effort to keep our facility sanitized each week. This coming week we are having additional deep cleaning done.
From what we understand from the CDC, symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath and is most dangerous to the elderly and smokers. The best common practice in this case and in any case of sickness, is to self-quarantine yourself or loved ones who attend NLC until you’ve seen a medical doctor and have received treatment and clearance to be in the public again if you have any of these symptoms. If you or a loved one are ever diagnosed with coronavirus, please let the church office know so we can immediately pray for you and follow recommended protocols for our gatherings.
It’s no secret that as Christians we are called/commissioned by Jesus to share our faith with this world. World epidemics, such as this, should not prevent us from living out our Christian faith publicly as best as possible. This global health scare obviously causes panic and is a reminder of the fallen world in which we live. We are mortal and should protect our self, but we also need to remember that we are the light in this dark world. If we don’t shine, how will people know where to go? If we don’t live with faith, how can this world know there is such a thing? People need hope.
Matthew 10:16 (TPT)
16Now, remember, it is I (Jesus) who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves.”
As of this present day, we do not have any plans to cancel any of our upcoming worship services or activities. However, we will do our due diligence to monitor the current situation and follow the recommended advice of those who know far more than us. We will pass along any information that is pertinent to you via our website: www.newlifechurchofjackson.org and our active social media accounts.
Abiding in the shadow of the Almighty,
New Life Church of Jackson