Just as God helped Daniel spend a lifetime advising kings through difficult times, He will help you be active and helpful in confronting coronavirus (COVID-19). God has not given us a spirit of fear but power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). In the weeks to come, Free Will Baptist people and churches should become an asset in responding to this crisis rather than a liability (Matthew 10:16-20). This simple guide produced by our denominational leaders offers suggestions for church members and others in our community..

Be Examples

+ Have the right perspective: COVID-19 has not surprised God (Isaiah 46:10; 42:9). Consider how He might use these events in your life and the lives of others (Romans 8:28; Genesis 50:20). Avoid false guilt. Understand COVID-19 may limit normal activities, including church attendance. Remember, God is still working even when we do not gather corporately.

+ Start the day with spiritual disciplines (Daniel 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).

+ Read a variety of materials: Bible, devotional guides, discipleship books, and theology books. This is an opportunity to go deeper in a particular area or areas.

+ Exercise regularly (1 Corinthians 6:19). Go for a walk; continue cardio exercise or stretching. Move around.

+ Get out of the house. Take a walk; work in the yard. Nature reminds us of God’s sovereignty (Psalm 8:3-4).

+ Limit news and social media to certain times during the day (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:4; Isaiah 35:4). Be intentional about controlling your mood (Proverbs 25:28). Avoid binge watching or mindless activity.

+ Establish a routine and redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16):-Get up and go to bed at the same time.-Maintain Bible reading and prayer.-Keep regular eating habits.-Read, study, and teach. Disciple others using digital means.-Check in with accountability partners.

+ Contact friends, loved ones, and church family regularly (Philippians 2:4; Galatians 6:2).

+ Minister to others (Matthew 25:34-40):-Send encouraging letters.-Be prepared to care for the sick.-Deliver food and supplies to those at risk.-Support law enforcement and medical personnel.

+ Give (Acts 20:35). Continue supporting your local church and ministries that count on you.

+ Pray (1 Timothy 2:1-4).