Paul writes to Timothy who is naturally timid and needs exhortation to boldness and faithfulness. Many people can relate to Timothy and especially during this time of Covid-19
when our faith in the Lord is tested. Paul reminds Timothy of the faith his mother and grandmother had and should also dwell in him.
We need to remember these words of what God has given us.
2 Timothy 1:6-7: For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Let us look forward with hope to a time when we can all meet together in the church in safety and security.
Free from this pandemic and all authorities carrying out the will of God.
Joy and peace in Christ
We will keep meeting!!
The elders of Knysna Baptist Church have decided to open our church for public worship from this Sunday, June 14. Our reasons are:
- We see a FIGHT: to strengthen faith and worship during a time that works against it.
- We LOVE meeting in worship, regardless the number of people.
- There is a special EDIFICATION in worshiping together as One Body
- COMMUNION and BAPTISM cannot be left undone indefinitely, these are the unique signs Christ gave His disciples
- We need ACCOUNTABILITY – seeing one another keeps us from drifting away without notice
We recognise that if you shouldn’t attend, you may feel “on the outside”. In one sense you are, just as anyone who wouldn’t normally attend misses out. But you are by no means on the outside in our hearts. We are together in Spirit. Not even all the elders will be attending. There is no judgement on anyone who shouldn’t come…
We expect that each person will be responsible in their decision to attend or not. The pandemic is real; Covid-19 can cause death. We don’t want to have untimely memorials!
Our goal is to provide as much of the corporate mood as we can online; It looks like we will continue to run parallel physical and online services for a long time.
(Please remember – If you are over 60, or have pre-existing health conditions, the government has advised you to remain home and follow online.
Whatever age you are, if we have reason to think you’re unwell, you will be asked to return home.)
What to expect::
A different kind of service
It will be different in length, items, and singing. The uniqueness of Christianity is that we worship “in Spirit and Truth”. We are not tied to any one form. The only pillars which never change are Scripture reading, Prayer, Singing, Preaching, and the ordinances (communion and baptism). But how we do this and what it looks like is a matter of liberty. We do what makes most sense at the time.
- there will be no hugging, shaking hands; no gathering in the foyer; and no tea afterwards
- the chairs are spaced apart by regulation; including between family members.
- Though this may feel strange, we are thankful that we can even be in the same room!
What to bring
- Cloth mask (no shields),
- Your own Bible,
- Your own cushion if needed – we are using plastic chairs which are easier to sanitise.
We will record your attendance as you arrive, measure your temperature, and ask you questions about your health
If we get close to 50 attendees in the future, we may need to plan some pre-registration.
Pray for our Church.
The new setup involves a lot more work; it requires us to have backup people if anyone on the team becomes ill; We believe we can still sustain this. We will get better at it each time, by the grace of God and your grace.
in some ways, this will be like 1st century Christianity: Meeting was not easy; but it was delightful. Being Christian meant their comforts were stripped, but the worship of Christ was greater comfort than anything in the world.
These days are dark, and may get darker yet – this is when the Light shines brightest.
If you’d like to know what to expect when attending a church service
at this time, see the attached gazette. For any questions, please
speak to one of the elders!
“It’s not the beginning of the end: it is perhaps the end of the beginning” – Winston Churchill.
It applies to us: the covid19 pandemic is a minor battle in the greater War in the heavenlies.
Our Commander is rallying us to attack the Enemy under His direction and provision: “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor 10:4,5).
Holy Spirit righteousness, love and courage, working in Scripture for each of us, is daily victory, applauded by Christ. The struggle ahead may be very severe, but those weapons cripple the dark personality seeking to enrol or destroy us.
Therefore let us stand firm together in the evil day, bonded to Him and each other in love.
Grace and peace!