4On March 12, Governor DeWine announced he was prohibiting all large meetings in Ohio, with the exception of religious services. We believe the New Testament church met faithfully on the first day of the week and are warned in Scripture not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. We also believe Scripture admonishes us, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man.”
Throughout the Bible, believers are encouraged to seek wisdom, understanding, prudence and knowledge. David surrounded himself with “men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
The Scriptures are never in conflict with each other. After prayerful consideration and great deliberation, Pastor Wolvin and the body of deacons have agreed upon the following course of action which, at this time, will continue through April 1:
1. We are cancelling our nursery service, choir ministry, all children’s ministries and bus transportation.
2. We are suspending organized, person-to-person outreach in our community.
3. The only services which our congregation may attend will be Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The midweek meeting will not be a service but primarily a time of prayer.
4. We will be broadcasting a live service Sunday morning and will be showing pre-recorded media on Sundays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
We are further recommending:
• If you are in the “at-risk” category, we encourage you to remain home.
• If you are not feeling well, (low-grade fever, cough, sore throat, etc.) please do not attend.
• The doors will be open for those who believe their conscience will not permit them to remain home to worship the Lord. Christian liberty in this instance would be to remain home without a sense of shame or to personally attend with joy. Each family and individual should prayerfully and earnestly decide their own course of action.
• We will make every attempt to focus on our congregation at home during the live stream and will attempt to produce interesting and beneficial productions for Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
• The needs of ministry will still exist and all of our Gospel endeavors will still need funding. You can mail your tithes and offering, give through our online opportunity (this link on our church web page will send you to a secure site, operated by a major bank in the United States: http://www.myncbc.com/give/), or save postage and give through your automated bill pay section of your personal checking account.
North Columbus Baptist Church
3728 Snouffer Road
Columbus, OH 43235
While we are adapting our services, we are not abandoning our command to spread, teach and preach the truth. It is possible that our community may be more open to the Gospel as the effects of this pandemic spreads than at any other time in the last couple decades. We must take every opportunity to give the Gospel to others at such a time as this.