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Covid Follow-Up (March 2021)

By March 5, 2021No Comments

We know that there are those who are interested in our thoughts regarding Governor Abbott’s statements from March 2nd. We are acutely aware that this issue can be one that frustrates some and causes anxiety in others and we eagerly await the Day when none of those feelings exist.

As a church, we are excluded from the requirements of executive orders related to COVID-19. As an elder team, we have tried to follow the best guidance we can, in consultation with medical professionals and through seeking the Lord’s wisdom. Our decisions have been imperfect, but we are grateful for a church that has given us grace over the past year.

The toll of this virus has been significant, affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many of us, our families and our friends. Your willingness to sacrifice some of your personal comfort for others has reduced the impact of this unpredictable virus on our congregation. This kind of sacrifice is a modern-day, tangible expression of what Christ means in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   

As we have discussed our short-term plans in relation to shifting local expectations, our current approach will be to continue operating as we have been (and reinforced in our January communication). This means our indoor (mask-wearing expected) and outdoor venues will continue on Sunday morning as we await (1) the broader availability of vaccination options for those who want them and (2) the continued reduction in case count. We hope that, in following these metrics, we only have a few more months of modifications to our gatherings. However, we are also aware that saying, “Everything is back to normal,” does not actually mean it is for many, and we continue to be sensitive to those realities.

Until Jesus returns and makes everything new, we will live with the consequences of sin. Knowing this truth allows us the ability to be aware of our own limitations and also frees us to be sensitive to the needs of others. This is an opportunity to love one another, even at the restriction of our own comfort.

Thank you for your continued prayers for one another, for your leaders, and for the church. We pray Jesus is continually seen and known through our congregation. 

Discipleship Pathway

  • Worship: All of life is worship (Rom 12:1-2). Disciples are worshippers and gather together to worship and remember the Lord. At Genesis, our primary structure for fostering worship is our weekly worship service (which is a celebration of our lives together with Christ).
  • Connect: God has given us one another for caring, the bearing of burdens, fellowship, and living out our life (Acts 2:427-47). Community groups provide regular times to gather with a smaller groups of people from throughout the area for this connection.
  • Grow: God has given us every blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and, at the same time, we are exhorted to pursue and grow in our God-given and God-sustained faith (2 Pet 1:3-11). Discipleship groups (D-groups) are made up of 3-5 men or women who meet for a year to pursue the Lord, live accountably, and pray others come to know him.
  • Serve: Disciples are to reflect their Lord’s heart for service. Service teams are a mechanisms for us to use our gifts and serve others. Service teams are not the only way to serve, but do provide opportunities for us to regularly engage in service.
  • Go: Jesus commands his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). At Genesis, we encourage regular local evangelism and as well as ways to pray and contribute to global missions and gospel advancement.

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