The leadership of Christiansburg Baptist Church has decided that we will NOT be gathering at 1037 Frys-Oldburg for any services through the end of March. Although this decision was difficult and is not what any of us would prefer, we are seeking to follow sound medical advice and demonstrate our ultimate trust in God Almighty and the strength and resilience of the Bride of Christ, the church.
A bit of good news is that we will be exploring and utilizing virtual and technology platforms which will allow us to fellowship, worship, study and grow in Christ from home, together, while practicing the recommendation of social distancing. As you know, we have made significant investment and incredible progress to expand our technological capabilities. Last week, we launched Facebook Live during our Sunday morning worship service, and it was a big success! Already, you can also access any of the archived worship services on the Christiansburg Baptist Church -Bagdad YouTube channel. Even more opportunities to virtually connect are coming soon!
All that said, I know that there is still fear and confusion related to this pandemic. How about a bit of encouragement? Keep these ideas and suggestions in mind:

* The faithfulness of a church is not measured by in person, onsite attendance! The church’s great commission is to go make disciples of all nations, not gather in a building to prove how sturdy we are. The gathering together of Hebrews 10:24 is to encourage, equip and enable us to penetrate the culture with the love of Jesus. Our interactions with other Christians literally stir us up to good works; THANKFULLY,  modern technology allows us to support one another in many ways that meet current CDC recommendations.

* Walking by faith does not = rejecting wise scientific counsel.

* This is a fabulous opportunity for disciples of Christ to practice, model and exhibit grace and truth, Peace and wisdom, Ruthless trust and humble teach-ability. We do not need to be captives to fear nor merchants of stubborn pride.

Let’s use this would-be tragic situation as a chance to live by faith, love those in need and look for opportunities the Holy Spirit gives us to share the hope and peace that we have in Jesus.