Redeemer Church Riverview
Responding to the CoronaVirus: Fear or Faith
March 29, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Mark 6:45-52

Responding to the CoronaVirus: Fear or Faith

March 29, 2020   /   Mark 6:45-52

1st main point:


C.S. Lewis:

“We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life.

The truth is that interruptions are real life.”


“If you never climb a mountain you will never bruise your shins, but you will also never experience the exaltation of standing victorious on the peak.

If you never play baseball you will never strike out, but you will never hit a home run.

If you never submit to Christ you may miss some contrary winds, but you will also never know the winds of the Holy Spirit in your sails bearing you on in His service and in His power.”

William Cowper:

“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace;
behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.”

2nd main point:


Here Comes Jesus:

“Here comes Jesus, see Him walking on the water, He’ll lift you up and He’ll help you to stand; O here comes Jesus, He’s the master of the waves that roll, here comes Jesus, He’ll save your soul.”

3rd main point:


Psalm 29: 1-4; 7-10:

“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.”

Elisabeth Elliot:

“This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness – in short, to learn the depths of the love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us.”

Elisabeth Elliot:

“He suffered not that we might not suffer but that when we suffer we might become like Him.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

“His love in time past forbids me to think, He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink.

By prayer let me wrestle and He will perform, with Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.”

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