In-person services of a church in Shaanxi were suspended again as the virus rebounded in China.
All activities of 14 Christian churches in Fufeng County were suspended on January 26, 2020, and resumed on June 14 of the same year.
Temporarily shut down from January 10, Fufeng Church in Baoji immediately started having Sunday services and ministries virtually.
Beginning at 10 am on January 17, the third Sunday service of 2021 was live-streamed, lasting one hour.
A sister led the intercessory prayer, “Although we are able to meet in the church, may you be with us and may you incline all our hearts unto you. Let us thirst after your word because it is our power of triumph over the pandemic. We’re aware that you will lead us to overcome the virus again despite its resurgence.
Pastor Deng Juni preached a sermon entitled “Do You Love the Lord the Most?” based on John 21:15-17.
Deng stated that excessive love of material, fame, or fortune was vanity and just for the present time, while our spiritual lives last forever through our love for the Lord, his church, and other believers as well as working for him.
She urged the congregation members to join the choir, the prayer time, or the visitation fellowship that reaches out to those who are unable to come to church.
Help for believers with difficulties or care for orphans and widows could comfort painful hearts, make the weak strong, and support those who stumble.
The pastor said that those elderly members who did not know how to use a cellphone or failed to get access to the Internet should be visited, assisted, and encouraged that they would not be forgotten.
As there are many gifts and opportunities in the house of God, she called on believers to play their own parts.
(The original article is published by Gospel Times.)
- Translated by Karen Luo