Fellowship Church Lubbock,
The last several days have certainly proved unusual and unprecedented. The normal course of day-to-day life has been altered and all of us have been reminded how temporal and fleeting are the things of this world. In all the cancellations and closures of established businesses and agencies, with all the ups and downs of financial markets and information that seems to change by the hour, Christ’s church rejoices in our immutable God and His word. Isaiah wrote, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) In the word is a treasure of truth that does not change, revealing to us the Lord who is high and exalted and a place of refuge, strength and help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
In response to our federal and local government’s request to limit the size of gatherings in order to help slow the spread of the virus, Fellowship Church Lubbock will not be meeting this Sunday, March 22, 2020. This decision was made on Wednesday evening at an elders’ meeting with much prayer and will be prayerfully considered and addressed on a weekly basis in the days ahead. The desire of the elders is to follow the guidance of federal and local authorities as instructed in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2:13-17. I would encourage each of you reading this letter to read both texts and prayerfully consider the truths they contain. The prayer of the elders of FCL is that our actions would be honoring to the word of God, expressing trust in our Lord and helping care for those in our church, our community, and our world.
This upcoming Sunday (March 22nd), FCL will provide a time of teaching and song which can be accessed on YouTube and Facebook. Many of you have already connected to the church’s Facebook page. About a year ago the church established a YouTube channel, which will be the primary source to access teaching until we are able to meet together again. It would be particularly helpful for as many as possible to subscribe to the Fellowship Church Lubbock YouTube channel as it will allow us more options for content in the days ahead.
On Saturday you will receive an email from the church containing a copy of the Worship Guide for Sunday along with song lyrics and helpful instructions to guide your family as you gather on Sunday morning in your home. Take this time seriously and pray that the Lord would grow each of us in the weeks ahead. Colin will be leading in song this week, so use the content. Be ready to pray with us. Have your Bible ready as we will be looking to the Psalms this Sunday. If you didn’t get an email from the church earlier today, it may mean that you are not on the email list. To be sure you are included, or to request to be included, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some have already contacted me about giving to the church. The ministries at Fellowship Church Lubbock continue even as Sundays are temporarily interrupted. Many of you know that 12% of giving goes to international missions that we want to faithfully support during this time so that there would be healthy churches growing and pastors being trained in India, Zambia, Madagascar and in our developing relationship in South Africa. For several years some have been giving VIA PAYPAL by visiting the Member Tools page on this website. If you need an option other than giving online, you can bring your offering to the church office Tuesday through Friday in the SouthPointe office complex at 82nd and Ave. U, or send your check to:
Fellowship Church Lubbock
P.O. Box 65671
Lubbock, TX 79464
Communication is going to be essential during this time. There will be some things that develop in the weeks ahead, like other times of teaching made available online, the children’s curriculum being distributed to parents with online aids, some exciting online content we hope to start putting together next week, and opportunities to continue regular meetings (like FCL Equip) through an online format. The plan is to also send out two general emails a week; one on Wednesdays providing announcements and information, and one on Saturdays to prepare for Sunday mornings. If you know others who want or need to receive this email, please let us know and we will be glad to add them to the group.
Finally, I would ask for you to be intentional about three things during this time: prayer, devotion to the word of God, and intentionally walking in faith.
Pray for those suffering in the world, pray for your neighbors, your church, your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for the elders at FCL and pray that this time might become something of a spiritual awakening and that the gospel might advance unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes.
Read your Bible. What a wonderful opportunity to gather your family each evening and take turns reading. During the 15 days to slow the virus, the Barbee family is reading ten Psalms a day, which gets us through the whole book in 15 days. The Psalms are a treasure of truth, comfort, and peace. He has given us a treasure for such a time as this.
Finally, think intentionally about what walking in faith looks like in view of the truth. Faith practices doctrine. Faith brings glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Faith is what will make a peculiar people during this time where we not only have an opportunity to serve one another with humility, but to bear witness to the world of Christ’s work in each of our lives.
The elders are grateful to the Chief Shepherd for His church and those the Lord has called us to shepherd during this time. We love each of you and are willing to serve you in any way we can. May we all be found faithful.
In His Grace,