Craig Groeschel | – How should the Church respond to coronavirus?

In the last two weeks Pastor Craig Groeschel has gained a unique perspective on the fear and anxiety related to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Hear what he’s learned from his experience, and how God invites us to respond to the situation.

When our world is shaken, it’s easy for fear to spread. But God promises to be with us no matter what comes our way. In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to trust who God is and how He says we can live—Not Afraid.

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Life.Church Life.Church is a group of people from all walks of life who are being transformed by Jesus Christ. Every week, we join together around the world to worship God and to experience a relevant and powerful message, which teaches truths from the Bible. We are passionate about sharing the love of Christ by caring for each other and positively influencing our communities. The mission of Life.Church is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. This is the foundation for everything we do and has been the basis of our ministry from the beginning. Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church and is known for his creative and insightful Bible teaching.

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  1. "As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. (…) As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again." (Scarlett from Gone With The Wind)

  2. Do you know how many Biblical commands we are ignoring to obey the new Covid 19 laws? Commands to meet more as we see the day approaching, to pray together, to worship together, to break bread, to serve one another, to visit the sick and needy in their affliction, to be vigilant of the devil's schemes, to expose darkness, to fight spiritual wickedness, to work hard, to earn our bread, to share the gospel in person, to baptise, to trust fully in The Lord and to some extent, even the fundamental expression of our faith through loving good works… that's just off the top of my head.

    Without historical or Biblical precedence, without proper instruction, many of us are just blindly obeying the systems of a fallen world to fulfil a small portion of scripture. In doing so we are ignoring the examples set forth by many prophets, apostles and even Jesus Himself who repeatedly stood against laws that went against God's word, for the glory of God and the good of the people. Anyone who believes that staying indoors, avoiding others and crashing the economy is for the good of the people obviously trusts in the government/ mainstream news. Where in scripture does it tell us to do that? To obey for God's glory and in humility is one thing but to trust in the world and be conformed to it is quite another. Please do some research beyond what the governments of this world have funded.

    You may be surprised what you find. And what does scripture say for us to do when we are sick? To gather the elders, to anoint the sick and to pray. How about when there is a plague in the land? To trust that, though thousands may fall at our side, it will not touch us. Has He given us a spirit of fear? Worth prayerful consideration and scripture searching. Perhaps in our zeal to be obedient to government (one that is certainly ruled by spiritual wickedness and part of the end times beast system) and thereby fulfil a portion of scripture, we are failing to obey God and the weight of His word or to heed His warnings for the final days.

    God bless you all.

  3. I will not teach my children to practice the religion, I ll let them choose the best religion, if they feel that Christianity is the best they will go to chruch. If they they feel that Hinduism is best they will go to temple. if they feel that Islam is the right religion they will go to the mosque.
    I have learned quran from my parents and religious institutions. my belive is not my own thoughts. I have to connect to the God through arabic language that's what my family taught me , I have to offer pray because my institutions taught me.

  4. I can tell you God was judgement the world emonnoy and he hit it with a hammer, how they will be WW3 as nation race to be the next super power which will be China for a short season before WW3 will happen and we will have bomb drop here in the USA. After WW3 the man of sin will be reveal. (P.s. food prices are going to be crazy) we are at the forst horse with the scales; however the wine and olive will not be hurt according to God word bc God promise us food clothes and shelter but we can die bc tomorrow is promise any man.

  5. Do you wear your seatbelt when you ride in a car? Isn't that "living in fear"? Do you take a lifejacket with you when you go on a boatride? Is that not "living in fear"? Do you lock your house up at night before going to bed? Is that not "living in fear"? Do you have smoke detectors in your house? Is that not living in fear? You can have faith in God, but also have sense and wisdom to take care of yourself and everyone else around you! Acting with caution does NOT indicate a lack of trust in God

  6. I was just tested positive for covid yesterday, I watched this sermon over a month ago, never knew I would need it a month later, I thank god for his mercy and his faithfulness ! Praise his name!!

  7. I have a quick question for you I'm curious because the church I go our pastor has required us to wear face masks most of the stores now are no longer requiring that and I feel if you are living by faith instead of fear and you have faith in God you don't need protection from him because that mask is not going to save you God is going to save you what are your thoughts on that

  8. You all can sit back and not sing, but I will sing, worship and praise Jesus, wherever I am. No one will silent me. Coronavirus or no coronavirus, I will continue to sing and out loud, in church, in public, wherever I am! No one will silence me!

  9. Except we know this world is run by the evil one.. and we are not to follow along with it;s ways because we are not of this world and we are to “expose the works of darkness “ rather than conform to them.. which would include the corrupt corporate media whom is bought and controlled by the elite ruling class AKA giant powerful corporations…. And yet the church seems to continue to be asleep and allow corrupt rulers of this world to strip away their rights and freedoms without so much of a blink of an eye.. It says he comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and is the father of all lies… and It says that the “anti christ” will appear as an angel of light, aka appear benevolent and good, when inwardly they are wolves that come to destroy.. but appear like a savior… IT IS what we are seeing infront of our eyes.. the currupt leaders of this world creating a problem and hysteria and then conveniently offering the “solution” which is in reality a weapon.. these lockdowns that kill and destroy lives through loss of liveihoods, the suicides, and people being left to die alone in nursing homes/ hospitals.. children being subjected to social distancing an masks which is psychologically damaging and against what is natural.. this isn’t normal stuff. This is prophesied in scripture “in the end you will not be able to buy, sell, or trade without the MARK of the BEAST” aka the mark of this world… they are already talking about in media that they want to vaccinate the whole world w this experimental vaccine and you’ll be required to have ID showing that you took it or you cant buy sell or travel… Gods ppl better wake up quick and actually pay attention to what the word says rather than cherry pick the parts they like… I’m astounded by the churches extreme resemblance to this lost world and appearing as sheep rather than the lions that God has equipped us to be. WE SHOULD NOT BE OBEYING THIS WORLD WE SHOULD BE OBEYING GOD EVEN IF IT COSTS US EVERYTHING.

  10. Thus says the Lord God:
    "In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
    But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge".
    Jeremiah 31: 29-30

    Judgment (pestilence): Plot against an anointed of God.

    "Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them".
    Jeremiah 11:11

    Jeremiah 2:22
    Jeremiah 33: 3

  11. Can you pray for me and my family please im sick i think with covid my son is having mental health and he punched me in the head he terrrizes us daily and righr now im so sick but he doesn't care hes gone insain and it makes our home cayouse