An Eye on the Nations
When we covered the coronavirus at the beginning of the month, our primary focus was China. However, the virus has spread to numerous countries, with cases reported, yes—even in America. Without caving into fear, how can we, as believers, both think and talk about the virus and love our neighbor? Joe Carter from the Gospel Coalition offers some helpful insight and tips. He writes:
“As John Calvin noted, ‘Duty must not be neglected, no more in epidemic disease than in war or fire.’ While the names of the epidemics may change, our duty as Christians to defer to the Word, to divine providence, and to the demands of conscience stays the same.”
You can read his full article here.
As always, we can pray.
Pray for all those being affected. Pray for healing. Pray that God would wipe out this virus.
Pray for those who have lost loved ones. Ask that they would be comforted by God’s people and that they might know of the hope we have in Christ.
Pray that believers around the world would speak with confidence that our God is sovereign and in control of all circumstances rather than speaking out of fear. Pray that our speech would be gracious and careful as we discuss the facts (or misinformation).
Pray for those in charge of making big decisions, from the health officials to the government leaders.
Pray that God would bring good out of this, and most of all, that His Name would be magnified.
To learn more, you can check out the following articles:
Coronavirus: Outbreak at ‘decisive point’ as WHO urges action
This week’s articles:
Dr. George Robinson reminds us that we were created by God to worship him and to be his ambassadors.
“Our dual-identity in Christ is summarized as ‘new Creation in Christ’ and ‘ambassador for Christ.’ We must not claim the former without embracing the latter. As we enter into Southeastern’s ‘Who’s Your One? challenge, please understand that we believe God is merely asking you to be who you were created to be.”
A SEBTS alum couple serving in Cardiff, Wales is looking for two males to join them for a semester.
“This can be a spiritually dark place, but it is also a wonderful city. Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world! If you think God may be calling you to the nations, Cardiff is a great place to get your feet wet in a primarily English-speaking context.”
Southeastern 5K 2020
The Southeastern 5K is TOMORROW! We’re getting excited and hope you are too. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can learn more here. Online registration is closed, but you can register in person on Saturday morning or even at packet pickup today from 4:00-6:30 pm.