• Coming July 2020!

CBC Family,

These are very difficult times we find ourselves in, unlike any we have faced before. I am no medical expert nor am I an expert on how to handle such a situation. James 1:5 says that if any lack wisdom, let them ask God. The best I can do is to stay as informed as I can, seek wise council from others, and above all cry out to God for wisdom.

So, for at least the next two weeks our SERVICES WILL BE ONLINE ONLY. After Sunday, March 29th, we will reevaluate to see if it is wise to meet corporately. Please know that there is nothing I desire more than to see you and worship our God together, side-by-side.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given you a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.” We know we serve a faithful God and are leaning on our faith in these difficult times. With that, we also want to be wise.

We are experiencing unprecedented times here in Texas and around the world. The US Surgeon General and the CDC are recommending social distancing. Our President, Donald J. Trump, asked us this week to be in groups of ten or less to combat the coronavirus. Our Governor, Greg Abbot, issued today a state-wide mandate to restrict public gatherings to no more than 10 people. Not only do I believe it would be unwise to meet together, it would be unlawful. Romans 13 reminds Christians to obey the laws of the land as long as it doesn’t go against our faith.

Does this mean we are violating scripture by forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25)? The answer is no. If we were being told to limit our gatherings based upon our faith alone, we would still assemble together. But this is not based upon our faith. Churches are not being singled out. This is not a case of religious persecution. This is a matter of our health, and the health of those around us.

As a Shepherd, it is my responsibility to feed the sheep, but also to protect the sheep. For these reasons, our services will be online only for at least two weeks. We will have a live-streamed service at 11AM. We will also be adding live streamed and recorded videos every evening Monday through Thursday to social media. All other events and ministry activities and meetings are suspended until it is wise to resume them.

This will be an unpopular decision for some, and a welcomed decision for others. Please remember, this is a temporary decision. This is an opportunity for us to be flexible, open minded, and to seek creative ways to stay connected as the church.

This is a unique situation. However, we are fortunate to live in a day where we have the capability to assemble together online. We are asking you to join us at Central Baptist Church at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOgUsFlLVujhUGeZpdMlkA Let’s be bold about inviting people to join us online. I promise you that a clear presentation of the Gospel will be given every time we have a service! Join us! Stay Connected! Be Faithful!

I am also asking you to be faithful to give. Gospel ministry doesn’t ever stop! You can bring your offering by the church office; you can mail it to PO Box 59 Mansfield TX 76063, or through our website at https://cbcmansfield.com/give.

This is not a time for grumbling or complaining. This is not a time to be judgmental or divisive. This is a time to be thankful and trusting. This is a time for unity and encouragement. This is a time to praise our Heavenly Father.

We will get through this, and we’ll do it together. It may look a little different than we are used to, but WE ARE STILL THE CHURCH, AND THE CHURCH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A BUILDING. God is still on His throne, He is still in control.

In Christ,
Pastor, Andrew Hayward