April 3, 2020
Pastor Jake published a reflection piece on the current pandemic. Read it HERE.
We will be worshiping via an online broadcast again this week. If you want to read ahead, spend some time in John 16:4b–15. To listen to the songs ahead of time, visit our Worship page.
March 29, 2020
March 26, 2020
We will be worshiping via an online broadcast again this week. If you want to read ahead, spend some time in John 15:18–6:4. To listen to the songs ahead of time, visit our Worship page.
March 22, 2020
March 21, 2020
Tomorrow, we will "gather" in our homes to watch a worship and preaching broadcast via our Facebook Page. Please join us online for this unique experience. Also, please remember that this is a poor replacement for the corporate gathering. Gathering together in person with the saints is a good gift from our Heavenly Father, which He commands us to not forsake (Hebrews 10:27). We pray that once this virus has passed, you will miss and desire the corporate gathering! We long for the day when we can gather again in person. Until then, please join us online!
March 17, 2020
In an attempt to limit the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, the elders and I have decided to cancel all services at the church campus until further notice. This includes Sunday School, Sunday Morning Worship, AWANA, “The Creek” Student Ministry, and Wednesday Bible Study.
We don’t make this decision lightly. Gathering every week to worship together is one of the most important things we do as a church (Hebrews 10:24-25), and we eagerly look forward to resuming our regular meeting times as SOON as it is wise to do so.
While it’s no replacement for our normal gathering, we invite you to visit our Facebook page on Sunday morning at 10:45 AM for a live broadcast of music and preaching. Andrew will be leading us in song and I’ll preach a message from John 15.
I’ve spoken to many who have already begun to see an impact from this pandemic. People are rearranging travel or cancelling important appointments. Others are struggling to pay bills because they lost their job or their hours were cut. Still others are forced to take extreme quarantine measures because they are at risk of serious complications if infected. This is a time when each of us needs to be compassionately vigilant, aware of the needs of our neighbors and brothers and sisters so that we can serve them with grace.
Many of these needs will be financial. Consider how you might sacrificially bear another’s burdens by purchasing food or helping to pay a bill. “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (1 John 3:17).
Of course, we are trusting the Lord for the church’s finances as well. Remember that you can give online by clicking “Give” in the main menu (Or just click this link).
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
-- Pastor Jake
March 12, 2020
Pastor Jake sent out an email to our faith family with some theological considerations as we face this trial. Please read what he had to say below:
While you’ve probably already begun to form your own opinions about the threat of COVID-19, I’d like to ask you to consider a few Scriptural principles as you digest the news and consider how you and your family will respond:
First, remember that our God is in absolute, meticulous, sovereign control of the virus that causes COVID-19. Dozens of times throughout Scripture, we are reminded that not even the chaos of “pestilence” falls outside His sovereignty. When sickness ravages the land of Israel in the time of David, it was the Lord who sent it, and it was the Lord who stopped it at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite (1 Chronicles 21:14-15). He reminded the prophet Ezekiel that if He chooses to send pestilence into the land, not even the intercession of the godly would be able to thwart its spread (Ezekiel 14:13-23). God alone has the right and the might to direct the course of disease.
Ultimately, neither doctors, nor scientists, nor blustering politicians control the spread of disease. Nor do you or I. So our ultimate trust is not in human strength. We do not wring our hands in hopes that the government might save us, nor rest in the false security of modern comforts, nor take pride in our own preparedness. On the contrary, “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20).
For this reason, when we find ourselves angry at leaders or anxious about the future, our very first impulse is to pray: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). We claim the promise He makes: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7), and rest in the knowledge that “the counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
Second, remember Christ’s command that we love one another (John 13:34). Our reliance on the Lord is not passive or quietistic. While we wait on him, we obey his command to love our sisters and brothers and neighbors. Thousands of believers are doing this even now: doctors, nurses, and others are courageously and tirelessly caring for the sick at the risk of their lives because the love of Christ leads them to love others.
Before this trial passes, each of us will have opportunity to show this sacrificial love as well. Even now, I would urge you to consider how your own behaviors impact the safety of those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases (especially older people and those with severe underlying conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes). Consider these reasonable steps outlined by the CDC to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Finally, I want you to know that I and the elders, deacons, and staff of Indian Creek Baptist Church continue to pray for your physical and spiritual health. We are eager to serve you and your neighbors in any way we can. Please reach out to your deacon or to the church office if there is any way we can be a blessing to you during this time of uncertainty.
-- Pastor Jake