Answers to Questions about COVID-19

For many of us, the daily circumstances surrounding the coronavirus epidemic present new challenges to our lives. This resource collection provides biblical encouragement and practical guidance for Christians trying to navigate this unusual moment.

  • How can Christians unite during COVID-19 to serve our neighbors? Question and Answer

    MACARTHUR: This is when we need to show the joy in the Holy Spirit that Paul talks about in Romans 14. This is when we need to show the peace that surpasses all understanding in our hearts because we know we’re locked into an eternal redemption and we have an eternal inheritance laid up for us in heaven. This is the time for Christians to have joy, to demonstrate peace, and to declare their faith. We also need to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many people think of their responsibility to witness and to give the gospel as kind … View Resource

  • Does COVID-19 provide us with unique opportunities to declare the gospel? Question and Answer

    Yes, there’s absolutely no question about that. I was thinking back on the times when I’ve had to deal with some kind of a global or national problem, going back to a massive earthquake that we had called the Northridge earthquake. People came into our church panicked because this was a severe earthquake and we were able to address that. Then there were the Watts riots, which happened here in L.A. We addressed the evil of mankind and went to the gospel. When the Gulf War broke out, I did a series on what the Bible says about … View Resource

  • How should Christians respond to the COVID-19 crisis? Question and Answer

    Matthew 6:31-32

    I think we should be the most balanced, the most stable, the most sane, the most reasonable, and the most rational. Even beyond that, of course, we have a living hope. We know where we’re headed. Eternity is settled for us. It’s far better to depart and be with Christ (Phil. 1:23), so the worst that could ever happen to us would be the best that could ever happen to us. This is a time for us to make manifest our faith. Yesterday was Sunday. We weren’t allowed to have anybody here, but I preached anyway on Matthew 6, where … View Resource

  • How should Christians respond to times of suffering? Question and Answer

    Luke 13:1-5

    Thankfully, we are able to develop means of alleviating human suffering. Our nations are putting vast resources into trying to find an antidote to the virus. That is altogether appropriate and Christ-like because He sought to alleviate suffering. We also know that He didn’t alleviate everybody’s suffering. There is a complexity to the way in which God works that is beyond us, but it is appropriate that we make use of means to alleviate suffering instead of just saying, “God sent and God will get rid of it.” We don’t respond to anything in our lives with that kind of … View Resource

  • How can Christians live as lights in a dark time? Question and Answer

    Matthew 22:39

    CHARLES: A couple of things come to my mind. One is what Burk mentioned, which is the second great command that Jesus gives—to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:39). We, as shepherds in our church, have been trying to think through decisions in a way that reflects that priority for the members of our church so that we, as a church, are reflecting how to love our neighbor in this critical time. It is not just about our own safety, security, priorities, comfort, or whatever you would add to that list. There is a love of neighbor that motivates … View Resource

  • What words of comfort can help me fight fear and anxiety? Question and Answer

    Philippians 4:6-7

    FERGUSON: This is a time for us to prove in our own lives the gospel that we’ve always professed to believe. To start the conversation, in the well-known passage in which Jesus teaches us about living the Christian life during the Sermon on the Mount, there is a section where He underscores for us that the knowledge of God as our loving, caring, heavenly Father delivers us from two things. First, the knowledge of God as Father delivers us from hypocrisy (Matt. 6:16–18). We no longer need to pretend to Him to be something that we’re not. We no longer … View Resource

  • How can Christians continue to minister to one another when large gatherings present a health risk? Question and Answer

    Mark 12:31

    FERGUSON: I never thought I would ever say, “Praise God for technology,” but my wife told me yesterday that our son, who is a minister of a smaller congregation, set up a YouTube channel for the congregation to have their midweek prayer service. It’s a small church without resources that other churches have. Amazingly, God has given us ways and means that no other generation has had for such a time as this. Other generations have known much, much worse than this and never had the technology. When H.B. Charles was talking about waking up with the congregation on his … View Resource

  • How is your church maintaining worship and fellowship in a time of quarantines and self-isolation? Question and Answer

    CHARLES: We’re just in the midst of coming here, making plans, and going home, so we’re still working through plans. Hearing the question breaks my heart. The reality just breaks my heart. I woke up this morning with Philippians 1:3, where Paul says, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” but I feel a longing and yearning for the people of the church that God has made me a part of. As a pastor, I carry a heavy heart of burden and concern that we’re not able to meet together. I hope that those who call Shiloh Church … View Resource

  • How are you praying through the crisis surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Question and Answer

    I’ve been praying for many weeks, particularly when the virus was largely within the Wuhan region in China. I have many friends who minister both in and through China, as I’m sure many of us do. I have a great deal of care for what’s been going on in China even over the past year or two. I’ve been praying for revival in China, even for months leading up to this. With this crisis they’ve experienced, I’ve been praying that God would do a mighty work among them, that God would bring about whatever peaceful revolution is needed, and that … View Resource