All EBC Activities Postponed until April 12

On March 16, we informed you that all activities at EBC would be postponed until March 29 due to local, state, and national recommendations and mandates concerning the spread of the coronavirus. Our response was intended to support ongoing efforts to prevent a dramatic outbreak that would overwhelm the U.S. health care system like we have seen in many other countries. This situation has continued to rapidly evolve. In the last several days, Governor Cooper issued a mandatory, statewide “stay-at-home” executive order for at least the next thirty days, and President Trump has continued the “Social Distancing Requirements” until the end of April. Once again, Romans 13:1-7 and Acts 5:27-29 provide a clear biblical framework for Christians to follow the government God places over them as long as it does not contradict His Word. With this in mind, EBC is continuing to suspend all activities through April 12. So many of you have expressed how much you miss the fellowship of worshiping and serving together, but you know these actions are necessary. In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation, follow all guidelines issued, and keep you updated on any decisions.

 

So, where do we go from here? We need to continue to shine for Christ in our homes, jobs, and community (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:15–16). How do we do that? Let me make two suggestions. First, make the choice every day to embrace the truth that God is still on the throne, still in control, and still loves you more than you can imagine. Let’s make the choice to embrace the truth of His unlimited love, unwavering commitment, and unmatched power, glory and holiness. Allow the reigning, resurrected King to empower your heart with contentment and peace so that fear and worry will not overshadow our faith. Like little children, every day climb into God’s lap, feel His loving arms around you, and experience the security of His presence. Look exclusively to Him to provide the strength, provision, and protection you need every day, and you will naturally shine for Him no matter what you are experiencing.

 

Second, we know many around us who are understandably afraid and need encouragement during this difficult time. As we have discussed frequently, loving each other in the church and those in the community through practical, tangible ways declares we have been transformed by Christ; loving others is one way we shine for Him. Admittedly, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by people’s needs—to be paralyzed by the magnitude of the problems of those around us and wonder what we can do. We don’t need to wonder; we just need to ask our King how we can show His love to those in our home, neighborhood and community. God never asks us to create a plan and implement it on His behalf; He asks us to join Him in the work He is already doing all around us. Ask Him, do what He asks, and you will shine for Him as you encourage those around you.

 

As we continue as His church united through Him during this time, continue to pray, be encouraged by His presence, seek opportunities to shine for Him, and let us know if we can help you in any way. We love you, we are family, and know we walk together as children of the King.