6. Be Prepared
We need to be prepared. DO NOT panic buy, but stock up a little to make sure you have everything that you do need. If there are closures or quarantine periods that go on for a few days or a week, make sure you have all your medications.
Make sure you have credit on your phone. Make sure you have a little bit of food – enough to get you through a little time and all the household items that you need. Make sure that if you can’t get something that you ask your family or your friends or your connect group or your connect leader or even ring the church and they can assist you. Don’t panic and don’t be overly consumed about what you don’t have.
Now is not the time to stop giving. As a matter of fact, giving is more important now than ever before. If you’re tithing, continue to tithe and if you’re tithing online, continue to do that. If you’re not tithing, now is a great day to start tithing.
Giving and tithing has always been an important part of God’s plan and that has never changed. There is over 2,200 verses in the Bible on money, on wealth, on possessions, and on generosity. And it’s important to God. It always has been and remains today. So, keep your giving strong during this time.
8. Be Excited
This is an opportunity for some really good changes in our church community – to be more obedient to God, and more alert. We can be better connected, more hospitable and sharing one to one at new levels. It’s a great time to be excited and be proactive about the church.
People have been ringing me and emailing me and inboxing me, sharing ideas about how we can meet, how we can grow each other’s lives, how we can strengthen the life of our church, how we can reach out and how we can be more effective. So, I’m excited that people are excited about the future and church life more than ever before. Scripture encourages us to rejoice even during difficulties and during suffering.
9. Join a Small Group
I’m not prophesying anything, but I’m expecting there could be even greater restrictions than what we face now. And the answer to meeting, to continuing to serve the purposes of God is going to be connecting in homes.
If you’re part of a small group already, stay in that group. These are places where we can have communion together, worship together, anoint one other with oil together, pray together, share one other’s burdens, encourage one another, and solve problems.
10. Remember That You Are Loved and Set Your Course to Stay Connected
Set your course right now that you and your family will not drop out of church community and church life over the next week, month or extended period. Set your course right now. Determine right now that you are going to make sure you keep building your own faith, the faith of your friends and family and that you are going to stay connected to your church.
Scripture says, “you are the light of the world”. Don’t go missing. Scripture says, “you are the city on a Hill”. Stay visible, be connected with your church family. Scripture says you are salt and light. Keep being the person that helps others, that changes circumstances and situations. Do not get isolated. The enemy to our faith and to our churches wants us to drop out. If scripture recommended dropping out, I’d recommend it, but scripture does not recommend dropping out.
As a matter of fact, it recommends that we hold on. Hebrews 10:24-25 says this: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching”.
I really want to encourage you during this season, not to go missing, not to be overly concerned. Be proactive. Get connected and join in with others wherever there is opportunity. No matter what is going on around us, you can be connected and God can do a great work. He can change the landscape of our churches and set us up and make us stronger. God has a plan to turn this around and make this an amazing time in the life of the church.