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Fellowship Concerning The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

January 31, 2020 | Posted by jamesshau in Uncategorized

Fellowship Concerning The Novel Coronavirus

Practical Guidelines

Scripture & Ministry Portions

PDF: This fellowship | Coworkers’ Message in 2003 in Facing SARS | Stop the Spread of Germs

Fellowship Concerning The Novel Coronavirus

Dear saints in Cupertino,

We understand the concern of the saints regarding the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, China. For the welfare of all the saints with our families and friends, the leading brothers are closely following the updates and recommendations according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/).

According to the present situation (as of February 3, 2020 according CDC’s summary and risk assessment):

   “… at this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.”

   “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low.”

The brothers put together in the section below “Practical Guidelines” for the saints and church gatherings. We exhort all the saints to please follow the guidelines for the sake of the welfare of all, and for our peace and joy and the enjoyment of the Lord together in the church as His testimony on earth.

In addition, we feel that this is an opportunity for us all to be equipped and built up with the truth in the word of God that we the church may be “the pillar and base of the truth” (1 Tim.3:15), unshakable, abounding in faith and love. We thus prepare another section below “Scripture & Ministry Portions”.

Lastly, we feel that this is also an opportunity for us to be perfected and built up in love (1 John 4:12, 17). “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (v.18a) Let’s shepherd and help one another to turn to the Lord, casting our anxiety on Him (1 Pet.5:7). Let’s also care for one another practically, maintaining good hygiene for one another. Let’s care for the feelings of one another, especially for the gospel friends and the young/new ones who may not yet have faith as strong. Let’s exercise to bear one another in love in the Lord even in case of others’ “perceived” negligences.  Love “covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Cor.13:7)

Finally, brothers, rejoice, be perfected, be comforted, think the same thing, be at peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor.13:11)

Amen,

Your brothers in Cupertino  January 30, 2020

 

Practical Guidelines

As believers, we know and trust our heavenly Father’s unconditional love and care for His church and every single one of His children. In Psalm 91:

   5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day,

   6 Or of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

   7 A thousand will fall at Your side, And ten thousand at Your right hand; But it will not come near to You.

Yet the word of God is so balanced that the Lord Jesus Himself also says in Matt.4:7b, ”`You shall not test the Lord your God.” in response to the devil’s quoting from verses 11-12 of the very same psalm.

This word safeguards us from going to the extremes of blind superstition and of the lust for religious miracles. Rather, we should be sober-minded in taking care of our human responsibility, not willfully nor carelessly violating God’s law of nature in His creation.

We therefore exhort all the saints to please follow the following guidelines:

  • Please exercise to maintain good health and hygiene personally and in your family.

  • If coming from infected areas (specifically China at this moment), please follow the government guidelines to self quarantine for 2 weeks. Please take care of this also for the friends/visiting saints whom you are inviting to the church gatherings.

  • If any one feels sick,

    • Please stay home. Do NOT come to the gatherings of the saints.

    • Besides getting rest and, if needed, medical help, please remain in fellowship with related saints through various means while avoiding direct in-person contacts.

  • Otherwise, let’s follow the word in Heb.10:

              24 And let us consider one another so as to incite one another to love and good works,

              25 Not abandoning our own assembling together, as the custom with some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.

Scripture & Ministry Portions

  • Coworker’s fellowship in 2003 as the churches in Taiwan facing SARS:

  • Messages for Building Up New Believers (3), Chapter 39, “Illness” by W.N.

 

1 Thes.5:23 And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it.

Matt.10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion? And not one of them will fall to the earth apart from your Father.

30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.

1 Pet.5:7 Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you.

Phil.4:6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Rom.8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?

36 As it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughter.”

37 But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor things present nor things to come nor powers

39 Nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom.14:15 For if because of food [or, flu] your brother is wounded, you no longer walk according to love. Do not destroy by your food that man for whom Christ died.

Rom.15:1 But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those who are weak and not to please ourselves.

2 Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for building up.

Heb.10:24 And let us consider one another so as to incite one another to love and good works,

25 Not abandoning our own assembling together, as the custom with some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.

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