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Finding God in the Pandemic
Sheldon Dyck
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Finding God in the Pandemic Nov 22, 2020
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Sheldon Dyck Romans 8:22-26 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/11/22 11am -Sheldon Dyck -"Finding God in the Pandemic" -Romans 8:22-26

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Finding God in the Pandemic
Romans 8:22-26

Two weeks ago, we concluded our 8-week series, “That’s a Great Question”. When we drafted our series, we realized there were some tough questions that we didn’t get to address, so today we thought it would be good to tackle a practical issue that we are wrestling with: Finding God in the Pandemic.
How has this pandemic impacted you the most?

Is the Pandemic a Sign from God?
When some skeptics came to Jesus asking for a sign, Jesus pointed to Jonah.
“For as Jonah was three days and three night in the belly of a huge fish, so the son of man will be three days and three nights in the belly of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).
It’s as if Jesus is saying through his life, “I am the Sign!” There is nothing more convincing of God’s great message to us than looking at the life of Jesus Christ.
Let’s remind each other that one day, Christ will come personally, visibly, gloriously. He has promised us this. When Jesus spoke of the end, or is it more the beginning, with his glorious return, he said to his disciples, “You don’t know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13). In the meantime, we have work to do in the power of the Spirit.

So, What Should We Do?
Look at Acts 11:28-30.
“One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.”
In the midst of a major crisis, what did the early church do? They asked “what can we do about it?”
They responded by looking practically at the resources that they had available, and shared with those who are in need. In the early centuries of the church, they seemed to take crises for granted, whether it was famine, persecution or plague. We don’t have to ask the question why, but what does God want to do? And how can we help?

We Learn to Lament
When the Biblical characters struggled that the world was not as it should be, they learned how to lament. So, when David learned that King Saul and Jonathan had died, he wrote a song that was a lament and the he taught Israel to sing it. So here is King David, teaching the community to grieve.
We cannot grow as a disciple without walking through loss. We all face many little deaths in our lives.

We Learn to Intercede
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (Romans 8:26)
Tom Wright wrote a little book entitled God and the Pandemic. In it he says:
“Here we are at one of the most glorious passages in Scripture, and here Paul is saying ‘We don’t know what to pray for as we ought.’ We are at a loss… but it is right here that we are people of prayer at the place where the world is in pain”.

Work Out Your Own Salvation
Over the years, I have come to love Philippians 2:12b-13 more and more where Paul writes: “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
God is doing something unique in our lives during this season. May we press on to find Him. May we wait patiently for him.
My dream for our church is that we will be known as a place with a growing Christian community who will love a good God in our celebrations, and also in the midst of the losses of life.

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