PASTOR RON: Hi everyone. This sermon is for the people of Anaheim Baptist Church and for anyone else that would like to watch it. Due to the Corona Virus, we can’t meet publically so this is our virtual service. We have been doing a series on the Life of Christ and I will continue it this week, but today I would also like to start a new series called, “EVEN WHEN: The Unnatural Choices that lead to Supernatural Peace.” Taken from Philippians 4, it will help those dealing with the anxiety of our current health crisis and all other emotional hardships. So keep an eye on this page and our website for continuing messages in both series.
And let me also announce we are going to have a “Drive-In Easter Service” where you will get to stay in your cars and listen via your FM radio. So please plan on coming!
After listening to the sermon, please watch this music video.
This teaching is part of a series called the Biography of Jesus Christ. We are now down to the final week of Christ’s earthly life — passion week. This message focuses on Monday. A fig tree is cursed. A Temple is cleansed. And people are shown that judgment will fall on those that don’t come to the Light. This video sermon is being shown because the public service of Anaheim Baptist Fellowship is closed due to the Corona Virus.
Last Sunday we spent time as a congregation praying specifically about the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.* I was blessed by the sentiment of many that we continue our services during this period. I appreciate the desire to not “forsake the assembling of ourselves together” and the fact that we love the fellowship of our church family.
But this rapidly evolving situation
has led the Trustees to determine that it is prudent to suspend all our
services and gatherings for the present time. The Center for Disease Control
(CDC) and President Trump have, in their guidelines, requested that we limit
all gatherings to 10 or less people. And just yesterday, Orange County banned
ALL group meetings of any size. We believe
we are called to submit to those governing bodies and that we have a moral
obligation to help slow the spread of this disease within our community, especially
to those who are most vulnerable.
So currently, it is our plan to not
hold any public gathering until Easter. Currently, we still hope to hold our Easter Service with the realization that
that is also iffy.
But we will continue our ministries via the internet and phone.
On Sundays, we will continue our sermon series through the “Life of Christ.” I will place a video sermon on our Facebook page, our website (www.abf.life), and YouTube. Please tune in.
I am also going to develop a new series that addresses the anxiety that people have during times like this. Based on lessons from Philippians 4, it is called “EVEN WHEN: Unnatural Choices that Lead to Supernatural Peace.” They will be placed periodically on the three options listed above.
I am also going to attempt doing Zoom Room prayer meetings. You can google Zoom to learn more about this Skype-like video chat platform. If you would like to participate, send me your email and I will send you an invitation to join. From there, it is easy. You will need a camera on your computer or a ZOOM Cloud Meetings App on your phone.
Our trustees will be calling many of our attenders to offer encouragement and prayer. If you have any specific prayer requests or needs, please tell them or me so we can provide help or guidance.
These precautions and plans are to
do our best to restrict the spread of the virus. But, let’s remember that God
is fully in control and that we have an opportunity to demonstrate our
faith in Him through this season. We would like to urge you to be praying for
all the people involved and for our local government and community leaders.
Philippians 4 6 Be
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the
peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
In order to meet our financial
obligations during this time, including the support of our missionaries, please
continue to give faithfully and generously. You can send checks to the
church or give online through the service on our website: www.abf.life.
Anaheim Baptist Fellowship, 3233 W. Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804
CORONAVIRUS: As you may
know, the Coronavirus is an emerging situation. The World Health Organization
has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. Though this is an evolving issue, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has assured the current
possibility of contracting the coronavirus is quite low, especially in
comparison to normal strands of the flu. The death toll is also very low
compared to those associated with diseases and sicknesses that are very common
among us. Check out World Health Organization live updates here and Orange County government Public Health Care
Agency updates here.
The Corona Virus Pandemic has caused anxiety for many. The potential health or economic difficulties do raise alarms. But God has you covered!
Starting Sunday, March 22, Max Lucado will be offering a free online Bible study based on his book Anxious for Nothing. His prayer is that this study provides practical help for all of us as we seek to entrust our fears to God. These videos will be available to you and anyone who needs them for free through May 2. You can sign up get free access to the following helpful resources:
• Anxious for Nothing Chapters 1-4
• Study Guide: Session One
• The Leader’s Guide
You can do this as an individual or a small group! Here is where you sign up: