Is it right to cancel church? Aren’t we disobeying the Bible?

Answered by Walt Williamson

Obeying God is at the heart of this issue so let’s look in the Bible for what God says. We gather together to worship God through reading his word, hearing what it means as it is preached, singing songs of praise to God, and for fellowship with other believers.  This is so important that we are told to meet together.  Be honest, how much time apart from church do you actually spend worshipping God.  In addition, many people were not literate throughout history and the bible was not available in their language if they could read.  They would not have had the opportunity to hear God’s word apart from the worship service.  It is God’s word that shows us our depravity, the consequences of our sin, and the only remedy for sin through Jesus Christ.

There is a rich history of civil disobedience by Christians and those who love God.  It is ongoing by Christians in many countries today.  Let’s look at two of these times that are in the bible and examine why.

  • Daniel 3. Read the whole chapter and see that the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeyed King Nebuchadnezzar and refused to bow down to the golden image that he had made and worship it.  They were obedient to God even though they got thrown into a furnace because they disobeyed the king.  They knew God’s laws that were given to Moses and obeyed God over obeying the King.  See Exodus 20:1-5.  God was glorified by delivering them from the furnace.
  • Acts 4. Peter and John were arrested because they were teaching and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  When the were brought before the rulers, elders, scribes, and Chief Priest, they were threatened and told to stop speaking or teaching in the name of Jesus.  They said no, we will listen to God instead of you.  After they were released, they went to other Christians and prayed and worshipped God with them.  God showed his approval by shaking the place where they gathered filling all of them with the Holy Spirit.

In each of these biblical examples, the civil authorities are taking action to stop the worship of the true God to put in place worship of an idol or a system of works for salvation.  In each case we see that civil disobedience that honored God was right.  We need to be strong and courageous even to death and put God above all civil authority.

Now let’s compare these examples with the actions taken by President Trump and Governor Inslee that required us to stop meeting together, including not meeting for worship.   The intent is clear.  It is intended to stop the spread of a deadly virus and in no way is there any attempt to target Christians or to stop the worship of God.  The churches were not set apart for these closures.  Many things are closed and millions are affected.  As our leaders they have needed to make and communicate difficult and weighty decisions that they know will affect everyone so pray for them.  Their actions are within their authority as leaders who are held responsible for the people they lead.  So, what does the bible say about this?

  • Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement.”
  • 1 Peter 2: 13-17. This passage also tells us to be subject to our leaders.

(Note that in the Romans passage that there is a penalty for resisting the authorities when they are acting in accordance with the will of God.)

We are obeying God by not meeting together and being subject to the civil authorities during this pandemic.  I look forward to the time when we can meet together again face to face to worship.




Videos of Awana Verses

A couple of our Awana kids saying their verses via video.  Isn’t it great to see kids memorizing scripture?

 




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Answered by the Elders

Is it right to cancel church? Aren’t we disobeying the Bible?

Answered by Walt Williamson.      Obeying God is at the heart of this issue so let’s look in the Bible for what God says. We gather together to worship God through reading his word, hearing what it means as it is preached, singing songs of praise to God, and for fellowship with other believers.  This is so important that we are told to meet together.  Be honest, how much time apart from church do you actually spend worshipping God.  In addition, many people were not literate throughout history and the bible was not available in their language if they could read.  They would not have had the opportunity to hear God’s word apart from the worship service.  It is God’s word that shows us our depravity, the consequences of our sin, and the only remedy for sin through Jesus Christ.

There is a rich history of civil disobedience by Christians and those who love God.  It is ongoing by Christians in many countries today.  Let’s look at two of these times that are in the bible and examine why.

  • Daniel 3. Read the whole chapter and see that the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeyed King Nebuchadnezzar and refused to bow down to the golden image that he had made and worship it.  They were obedient to God even though they got thrown into a furnace because they disobeyed the king.  They knew God’s laws that were given to Moses and obeyed God over obeying the King.  See Exodus 20:1-5.  God was glorified by delivering them from the furnace.
  • Acts 4. Peter and John were arrested because they were teaching and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  When the were brought before the rulers, elders, scribes, and Chief Priest, they were threatened and told to stop speaking or teaching in the name of Jesus.  They said no, we will listen to God instead of you.  After they were released, they went to other Christians and prayed and worshipped God with them.  God showed his approval by shaking the place where they gathered filling all of them with the Holy Spirit.

In each of these biblical examples, the civil authorities are taking action to stop the worship of the true God to put in place worship of an idol or a system of works for salvation.  In each case we see that civil disobedience that honored God was right.  We need to be strong and courageous even to death and put God above all civil authority.

Now let’s compare these examples with the actions taken by President Trump and Governor Inslee that required us to stop meeting together, including not meeting for worship.   The intent is clear.  It is intended to stop the spread of a deadly virus and in no way is there any attempt to target Christians or to stop the worship of God.  The churches were not set apart for these closures.  Many things are closed and millions are affected.  As our leaders they have needed to make and communicate difficult and weighty decisions that they know will affect everyone so pray for them.  Their actions are within their authority as leaders who are held responsible for the people they lead.  So, what does the bible say about this?

  • Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement.”
  • 1 Peter 2: 13-17. This passage also tells us to be subject to our leaders.

(Note that in the Romans passage that there is a penalty for resisting the authorities when they are acting in accordance with the will of God.)

We are obeying God by not meeting together and being subject to the civil authorities during this pandemic.  I look forward to the time when we can meet together again face to face to worship.

Is the Coronavirus God’s judgment on the world?

Answered by Bryan Krumdiack.      Natural disaster, wars, death, tribulation and other difficulties are a result of the fall and sin entering the world in the beginning. (Gen. 3) The apostle Paul referred to this in his letter to the Romans.  He said, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:20-23). A study of history will quickly confirm this futility that the world has been subjected to.  Floods, disease, plagues, pandemics, earthquakes, the list goes on.  All show the futility this world has been subjected to.

In Luke 13 some men reported to Jesus about Herod killing some Galileans.  Jesus used it as an opportunity to teach about tribulation and judgement.  He said, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-5). What Jesus is saying is that troubles and disasters occur in this fallen world.  Those that die aren’t any more deserving of judgement than the rest of the world.  He’s looking to the eternal consequences. “…But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

We don’t know the mind of God in any specific incident (Rom 11:34).  We cannot know whether a specific plague or pandemic is a judgement from God for some specific cause unless God has revealed that to us in scripture. God allows sickness, disease, and pandemics for His purposes, but this is a result of the fall and sin in the World. What we do know is that God is in sovereign control of the world (Rom 11:36, Isaiah 46:9-10)), that He has called upon all men to listen to Jesus (Matt 17:5) and He uses all things for good to those that love Him (Rom 8:28).

At a time when the unbelieving world is shaken up by a new pandemic and some are searching, we should be more like Christ in Luke 13. His concern was for His audience. “…But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”  This should be our message to the world around us.  We should take this time of upheaval to be more bold about sharing the gospel message with our neighbors, our friends, and the world because unless they repent and believe in the one who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), they too will perish.

Is the Coronavirus pandemic from the book of Revelation?
Answered by Bryan Krumdiack
The book of Revelation describes the many judgements God will pour out on the earth during the time known as the Tribulation.  This is a period of seven years during which God will judge the earth with all kinds of natural disasters, disease, death, and destruction.  What this question is really asking is “Are we in the Tribulation yet?”  The answer to that question is no.
The apostle Paul addressed a similar issue among the Thessalonians. Some false teachers had come into the Thessalonian church after Paul had left and were teaching “to the effect that the day of the Lord (the tribulation period) has come.” (2 Thess. 2:2).
In response to that false teaching Paul tells the Thessalonians to “not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” (2 Thess. 2:2).  He tells them, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God. Don’t you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:3-7). WEB
Paul has laid out events that must occur before the day of the Lord/Tribulation occurs.
• First, the departure, or some translations translate it apostasy, must happen.
• Second the man of sin, the antichrist, the beast of the book of Revelation, the lawless one, must be revealed before the day of the Lord/Tribulation begins.
• Third, the restrainer must be removed, “taken out of the way”.
All three of these necessary events are good studies on their own that we won’t go into here.  The main point Paul was making and that I would reiterate, is that the three events have not occurred so we are not in the day of the Lord/Tribulation.  The coronavirus is similar to some of the plagues in Revelation. So were the Bubonic plague, the Spanish flu, the Ebola outbreak, the earthquake and tsunami in south east Asia, and many more. It’s also similar to plagues in the Old Testament. But since we are not in the tribulation then the coronavirus is not from the book of Revelation.
As we go through troubles like the coronavirus be encouraged by Christ’s words, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
What if America is different after the Coronavirus passes?

Answered by Bruce Anderson.      I don’t know what America will be like after the Coronavirus passes.  I can only speculate. God knows.  I believe that America was different after 911, as more people went to church and prayed and came together to defend our country.  I heard Christians referring to 2 Chronicles 7:14 “and my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” But the praying and going to church did not last very long.  People seemed to go back to their own ways soon after everything seemed safer for them.  I believe that God’s desire is that in times of sorrow and testing, that people would not perish, but to come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:9)

I pray that America will be different.  I pray that the people of America will repent of their sins, that it’s churches will get back to sitting under God’s inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16), not above it, where they pick and choose what fits into their watered down messages.  That the pure Word centered gospel will be preached.  That America’s Pastor’s would preach on God’s holiness and justice and man’s sin and repentance, and stop preaching empty, feel good, self help messages. That Pastor/Elders in each church would shepherd their flocks using Christ’s example, as He  loves His church, and gave His life for us.  I pray that revival would spread throughout our country and the world, even faster than the Coronavirus!  That the fear and reverence of God would be back in our churches, so that we will be able to stand in His presence with pure hearts.  That we would serve Him with all our hearts, and boldly share His glorious gospel throughout our great country and to all the world. (2 Tim. 4, Mat. 28:19,20)

If people in this crisis are prepared to meet God, if they have repented of their sins and put their faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ, who bore their sins in His body on the cross and made them righteous in God’s sight.  And believe that He was buried and on the 3rd day and rose from the dead victorious, sealing our redemption, proving that He is God, all according to the Scriptures. Then their hearts will be right in His sight, and they will be ready to meet their God, if their conversion was real, shown by their walk with Him.

God knows what America will be like after the Coronavirus. He knows all things and His plan is perfect.  He will use this virus for His own glory (Rom. 8:28) May His name be praised!

Romans 11:33-34 says; “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgements and unfathomable His ways! FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNCELOR?” (Isaiah 40:13)

If America is different after the Coronavirus, God will remain the same.  It says in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  He is the only one who knows the future of America and His plan is perfect and right on schedule.

Where is your trust, if America is different after the Coronavirus?

Our ultimate trust should be in our unchangeable God and His Word.  If our trust is in this country and ourselves, like a ship in a storm, the anchor could drag and we could end up on the rocks.  But if our hope is in Him and His Word, His anchor and His chain, we will never be moved. We are safe and secure in Him! (Ps. 91:2)




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Latest News

Tuesday, 7/7/20

We rejoice to return to worship together! Please note, as we transition back, we will suspend Sunday evening outdoor gatherings and our Video Bible Study. Sunday School and Junior Church will return soon. With updates underway, we will return to a sanctuary with a new look.

As we gather again, we want to do so safely. Do not feel obligated to attend if you have health concerns; if you are not feeling well, please remain at home. We ask that all worshipers please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Be praying for unity, safety, and vibrant worship.

Friday, 7/3/20

Friday, 6/26/20

This week’s Video Bible Study is postponed one week. We’ll pick up where we left off in one week – Friday, 7/3 in First Peter 2:13-17. Thank you for your patience and grace. It will be a blessing to explore Peter’s incredible teaching together!

Tuesday, 6/23/20

“Submission” may be an undesirable word … particularly in a society which prizes freedom and independence. Yet, the Bible has something very specific to say about it. This week, we’ll learn about God’s will for Christians in relation to governing authorities. You can prepare for Friday’s Video Bible Study with the following worksheet ((both links below contain the same content).

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Friday, 6/18/20

Friday, 6/12/20

Monday, 6/8/20

A few updates on life @ IBC …

  • The church office has opened per Phase 2 guidelines.
  • Our normal First Peter Video Bible Study will be postponed. Instead, your questions will be answered via Q&A @ the Martin’s. A video will post Friday (Lord-willing!).

Friday, 6/5/20

Tuesday, 6/2/20

We’ll get to our Q&A time soon during in our First Peter time together (your questions were excellent … thank you for submitting them). For now, however, we continue in First Peter (2:11-12). We’ll learn what’s behind our behavior and the incredible opportunities for Christ in good conduct. Drink deeply! (both links below contain the same content).

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Friday, 5/29/20

Tuesday, 5/26/20

We’re a little light on questions this week, but some are good for personal application. You’ll go back to the OT a bit, too. Thank you for participating in the IBC Video Bible Study. Without further ado … Lesson #11 (both links below contain the same content).

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Friday, 5/22/20

Tuesday, 5/19/20

Welcome to another week of Video Bible Study! This week, however, your help is needed. Your questions are invited for a very special video Q&A during a future Video Bible Study time. If we receive enough questions, Heather will host a Q&A with Pastor Michael. Please send questions to Pastor Michael via email, phone, etc.

This week’s study comes from 1 Peter 2:4-8. Click below for a worksheet to study in advance. (Both links contain the same information). May the Lord bless your preparation!

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Friday, 5/15/29

Tuesday, 5/12/20

Welcome to another week of Video Bible Study! This week, however, your help is needed. Your questions are invited for a very special video Q&A during a future Video Bible Study time. If we receive enough questions, Heather will host a Q&A with Pastor Michael. Please send questions to Pastor Michael via email, phone, etc.

This week’s study comes from 1 Peter 2:1-3. Click below for a worksheet to study in advance. (Both links contain the same information). May the Lord bless your preparation!

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Friday, 5/8/20

Thursday, 5/7/20

Tuesday, 5/5/20

Welcome to another week of Video Bible Study! This week, however, your help is needed. Your questions are invited for a very special video Q&A during a future Video Bible Study time. If we receive enough questions, Heather will host a Q&A with Pastor Michael. Please send questions to Pastor Michael via email, phone, etc. Thank you in advance!

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Friday, 5/1/20

Tuesday, 4/28/20

Fear?! God wants us to live in fear? Yes. Depending on how you define it, of course. Rightly defined and faithfully applied, fear is a tremendous resource for living the Christian life. In this week’s Video Bible Study, Peter discusses fear and why it matters. (Both links below contain the same content.)

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Friday, 4/23/20

Tuesday, 4/21/20

Peter pivots in a new direction in this week’s Video Bible Study (1:13-16). He delivers the result of God’s salvation, a practical application for the believer. Click below for this week’s worksheet (both links share the same content).

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Friday, 4/17/20

Tuesday, 4/14/20

Our fifth Video Bible Study will post on Friday. You can do your part by getting in the text, observing, and meditating on this week’s passage. Peter reaches a crescendo in his opening salvation encouragement. Be blessed! (Both links share the same content).

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Friday, 4/10/20

Friday, 4/10/20

Extension of Closure

“He is
Risen!”

I trust the message of the resurrection season bring you joy. God has been kind to give His Son as our salvation. What a privilege to be irrevocably part of the family of God. Though we are apart, we are united by the shed blood of Calvary.

We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this Sunday. Unfortunately, we do so apart from the body of Christ at Immanuel. In response to the extension of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home-Stay Healthy” order, the suspension of gatherings at IBC is extended through May 4. Staff continue to work from home, meetings, and assemblies do not take place at church. I would like to personally make a few remarks about this; please click on the picture to go to a video.

Our Lord graciously provides us with technology, leaders, and gifted servants to make ministry opportunities available to you. A weekly Worship Service is available on our church website (click the circle “Online Worship Services”). A Bible Study in First Peter with worksheets and video is also on our website (click the circle “Latest News”). Our church Facebook page carries resources and links to serve you in this time of distancing.

The
resurrection of Jesus Christ is our hope. It’s a hope of our future
resurrection and eternal life in heaven. It’s a hope of new
bodies—glorified—never to suffer disease or fear again. The resurrection reminds
us that we will be with Christ—and do so forever.

May
the Lord bless you and your family this resurrection season, Pastor Michael

Thursday, 4/9/20

Wednesday, 4/8/20

“We’d like to serve … what can I do?”

We asked this question to our local Lighthouse Mission. Here’s what they said:

1. Pray for the health and well-being of Mission guests and people without shelter, as well as Mission staff and volunteers.

2. Write an encouraging note to a Mission guest (email to contact@thelighthousemission.org or mail to PO Box 548 Bellingham WA 98227)

3. Support financially (any amount will help provide food, shelter, and hope for a neighbor) https://www.thelighthousemission.org/donate/

Tuesday, 4/7/20

“You greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible.” Wow! That’s some joy. Grab a sheet below and learn more. The Video Bible Study will release this Friday. To prepare, click either link below (they both share the same content).

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Friday, 4/3/20

Tuesday, 3/31/20

I hope you’re encouraged by the experience of Peter’s audience. They understood what it meant to persevere in trials: this week, we discover one of God’s purposes for suffering. The Video Bible Study will release this Friday. To prepare, click either link below (they both share the same content).

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Friday, 3/27/20

Thursday, 3/26/20

Hello church family,

“The
steadfast love of the Lord never
ceases; his mercies never come to an end.”
You and I experience the truth of this verse this very hour. Songs have
been sung of this passage by those who have gone before us: famous hymns
written in tumultuous times (see Lamentations 3:23). They—like us—experienced
challenging times. We all experience God’s mercies.

The church family at Immanuel is a vessel of those mercies.
Many are calling and writing as a means of encouraging others. Your elders are
making wise leadership decisions and shepherding the flock through various
forms of communication. Though the season has changed, there is no change to
the thirst and desire God’s people have for Him: you continue to receive His
mercies through technology and in new and varied ways. We receive God’s mercies
as we look forward to reuniting in His time.

The work of ministry in your church continues. In light of
Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home-Stay Healthy” order Monday, staff will work from
home until at least April 6. There is also a stoppage of all group gatherings at
church through April 11. The weekly worship service will continue to be
recorded and available at ibcbellingham.org: Video Bible Study, Facebook
resources, children’s lessons, and small group conferencing are now all active.
Thank you to our ministry leaders and technology pros for their creative
spirit!

Your church family is here to serve you. If you have any needs or just need to talk, be sure to reach out. Your elders are available; Pastor Michael may be reached on his cell phone. The Coronavirus will come to an end. God’s mercies will not.

May the Lord be glorified, Pastor Michael

Tuesday, 3/24/20

Video Bible Study worksheet for week #2.

Welcome back … or welcome for the first time! We’re moving into an in-depth study of First Peter, entering the body of the letter (1 Peter 1:3-5). For an overview of the book with helpful background, click here. To prepare for the Video Bible Study lesson posting Friday, click either link below (both share same content).

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Friday, 3/20/20

First Video Bible Study Video debuts Today!

Thursday, 3/19/20

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. I write
to you as one privileged to serve in pastoral ministry. The measures we take to
combat COVID-19 challenge me to serve in new and different ways. I imagine some
aspects of your life look different now as well. Though life is temporarily
changed, the unchangeableness of our Lord is well worth remembering. In Hebrews
13:8, the Bible says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and
forever.” He never changes! The next verse commands us: “Do not be carried away
by varied and strange teaching; for it is good for heart to be strengthened by
grace …” (Heb 13:9). Just as new ideas about our precious Scriptures appear, so
too will the varied news cycles fail to cease. In this time of testing, we will
be stormed by temptation, panic, and worry. 
The battle against the Coronavirus is as much a battle for our minds as
it is our health. Remember Christ—your unchanging King. Keep your mind fixed
upon Him and use these times as opportunities to commune in deeper ways.

I aim to help you. Here are a few ways ministry to you is
advancing at Immanuel:

  • Full worship services in video will be available on our website (ibcbellingham.org)
  • A Video Bible Study through First Peter has begun. Download the worksheet on Tuesdays and dig deep (!); watch for the companion video lesson on Fridays on our website. (Worksheets and video links are on our website.)
  • Our church Facebook page regularly carries links to spiritual resources for your mind and family. This week, we posted sermons, children’s music, and writings about COVID-19 from a Christian perspective.
  • A remote conferencing tool for church Bible Studies, boards/committees, and all other ministry gatherings is now available to our ministry heads.
  • Our church website is mission central for many resources and all updates.

Our gatherings remain halted through at least Saturday,
3/28. The elders and I will discuss next steps next week—in an overflow of love
and faithfulness to their calling, these men are in the process of contacting
each of you. Please share your needs with your shepherds, as they arise.

God is sovereign over the big stuff—and the small. Remember
Jesus Christ! And may you and your loved ones thrive in His grace in this
season, Pastor Michael

Tuesday, 3/17/20

Video Bible Study Launches Today!

Video Bible Study

Missing your Bible Study? Join Pastor Michael in a video Bible Study through First Peter. On Tuesday, a worksheet will guide you through a passage. On Friday, a video will be available that teaches through the passage, incorporating the work you’ve done. This is a great way to grow while apart and make good use of your mind and time.

Let’s get started with Week #1! (both files have the same content)

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Sunday, 3/15/20

May the peace of God be upon you in a restless time. God is faithful and He is our sure hope! I’m writing to give you a few updates from your local church …

  • Closures at Immanuel are extended through
    Saturday, 3/28. The elders are monitoring events and will continue to assess
    the timing of an opening.
  • Sunday Morning Worship Services will be
    available online at ibcbellingham.org. Sunday, 3/15 is audio; we aim to add
    video beginning 3/22. We are continuing our expository preaching series through
    Matthew. Keep worshipping and please keep giving.
  • The church website will be the central location
    to find a variety of resources. The church Facebook page will also be active
    and the church office is receiving phone calls.
  • Your elders will be in-touch with all members
    and regular attenders. Their heart is to pray, encourage, and meet needs. If you have specific physical needs, be sure
    to tell them. Do not try to navigate hard times alone.
    They are working
    with the deacons to serve you. I am personally very encouraged by the godliness
    and leadership I’ve seen from our men this past week.

Now is our opportunity to do what Christ calls us to. People
are afraid, worried, and panicked. You have answers to each of these emotions.
The time is ripe for the hope of Christ and the gospel of good news. If you
encounter physical needs others have, please let us know those as well. At
Immanuel, we are keenly interested in taking advantage of these opportunities
for Christ.

May the Lord bless you and your family, Pastor Michael




Statement on COVID-19

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1)

In this world, trouble persists. The spread of a virus reminds us that trouble is always nearby—perhaps now, more than usual—we experience worry, fear, and uncertainty. God has something to say to you about the Coronavirus and the elders at Immanuel wish to make a statement concerning it.

In an effort to best shepherd the church at Immanuel, we have decided to suspend gathering activities at our church. This means our weekly studies, activities, and our Sunday worship are temporarily halted. It is a one-week stoppage for now (3/12-3/19). The elder team prayerfully monitors facts and updates on a daily basis. We will continue to communicate additional updates through the email newsletter, website, Facebook, and telephone.

We want you to be safe. Resources like the CDC communicate factual and accurate information online (cdc.gov); government agencies such as the Whatcom County Health Department specialize in providing useful data online (whatcomcounty.us/360/Health-Department). Your physical and spiritual health are important to us. Your church leaders will convene to discuss ways we can best minister to you if we remain apart. Never hesitate to contact Pastor Michael if you have any needs; we would love to serve you.

Finally, remember that your Lord is greater than fear. Our hope resides in the many certainties He promises. In exchange for His peace, He invites us to bring our worries to Him (Phil 4:4-7). Let us treat this time of uncertainty as a time for the gospel—for the good news of Jesus Christ to bring healing in a time of bad news. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold” (Ps 46:11).

With the affection of Christ Jesus,

Pastor Michael on behalf of the elders at Immanuel




Weather Updates

January 17th, 2020, 1:31pm

Men’s Bible Study for tomorrow, January 18th, is cancelled.

January 15th, 2020, 1:11pm

Choir for tomorrow, January 16th, is cancelled.

January 15th, 2020, 8:06am

Awana is cancelled for tonight.

January 14, 2020, 9:45am

Primetimers is cancelled for Wednesday January 15th.

Women’s Bible Study is also cancelled for today, January 14th. Please have both lessons (1 and 2) ready for next week.




Macedonia Missive- June 26, 2018

Today was bible study and worship in one of the villages.  Jake shared his testimony, and the Word of God.




Macedonia Missive- June 24, 2018

The Macedonia Team attended a church service today, enjoyed refreshments afterwards, and wished Sam a Happy Birthday!




Macedonia Missive- June 23, 2018

The youth of our church are getting some teaching experience this week.  Today, Zach and Austin taught from Luke 15.




Recordings from 2018 Missions Conference

Did you miss part of the 2018 Missions Conference at Immanuel?  Here are recordings of the workshop sessions, and a video of Brother Yun’s Testimony.

Evangelism is a Lifestyle: Steven & Ruth Wilson

Discipleship 101: Steven & Ruth Wilson

The Art of Asking Questions and Active Listening: Ryan Cleveland

Gospel Conversations: Ryan Cleveland

Building Relationships With Your Neighbors: Diana Cleveland

Marketplace Theology: Does God Belong at Work?: Joshua Parriera

 

Video of Brother Yun Event: