November 19, 2020
Oak Pointe West Bloomfield Family,
This Saturday, November 21, the message is on Trials, the Covid-19 pandemic, and how we respond to it. This may be one of the greatest trials that Christians will ever face. We are at a key moment in our history, when the trends would clearly show that less and less Americans than ever are interested in Jesus, His Church, and the gospel. I believe that how we respond as Christians to the trial of Covid is being watched with anticipation, not just from the outside watching world, but also by the great cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. For that reason, as your pastor, I take this pandemic very seriously and very prayerfully and want to respond with one goal in mind: to be faithful to the witness of Christ.
Herein lies the problem with where we are at right now with this pandemic: Christians could respond faithfully by meeting or not meeting. Honestly, either choice can be a faithful one, decided with prayer and the Lord’s leading. Either choice could also be an unfaithful one, done in haste with worldly rationale. I want you to know that we aspire to faithfulness as our top priority in this pandemic; it’s too big of a crisis for God to waste, and we know He wastes nothing — He wants us to walk in faith with this virus. We are going to continue to gather in person at the Sports Club on Saturdays at 4pm. I hope to see you there, but I truly understand if you choose not to join us in person. Please do what is best for you, your family, and your own conscience with the Lord.
As a reminder, please follow the mask and distancing recommendations. Thankfully, we have a 30,000 square foot indoor space to spread out in (thank you God)! I look forward, this weekend, to show how trials are a big part of the Christian life and the gospel, and why we should lean into the Lord during trials, such as Covid-19’s impact on each of us.
Then on November 28, we will finish our “Disruptive Gospel” series with a message on Glorification, a time yet to come when all things will be made right and we will experience the final, finished work of the gospel. I dearly look forward to sharing that message with you in person as the Lord allows. May we never be a church family that forsakes the assembly. One thing Covid has taught me is that I truly value Christ’s Church, the body of believers, and every time that we get to gather is a gift from the Lord.
– Joe Seestadt