How to Encourage During a Pandemic

A message from Pastor Greg McCallum for Sunday May 3rd, 2020.


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Text: Romans 15:1–13

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. (NLT, Romans 10:9–10)

Pastor Greg! PLEASE stop with all the memes!

PRAY for one another

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Ephesians 6:18)

“One Anothers”: Colossians 1:3, James 5:16

SHARE with one another

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (1 Peter 4:10)

“One Anothers”: Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 5:19–20, Philippians 2:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11

  • Your Gifts
  • Your Life (pictures, short video testimonies)
  • Go take a picture right now!
  • Your Story
CONNECT with one another

Let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up to love and helpful deeds and noble activities. (AMP, Hebrews 10:24)

“One Anothers”: Romans 14:19, 1 Corinthians 12:25–26, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 1 Peter 4:9–10)

  • Phone, Email, Mail, Social Media
  • Over the backyard fence
  • Sunday video services
PURSUE one another

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

“One Anothers”: Romans 12:10,16,15:7, Philippians 2:3, Colossians 3:16

  • We are all on a level playing field
  • Pursue others like God pursues you
    • Ezekiel 34:11–16, Luke 19:10, John 3:16
LOVE one another

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

“One Anothers”: John 15:12,17, Romans 13:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8 1 John 3:11,23

This command occurs at least 16 times in the New Testament!

Digging Deeper

For use in personal/family devotions or with your care group:

  1. Why is UNITY so important in a local church? Why so at AVBC?
  2. What responsibilities do you have as a member of a local church?
  3. How can you “watch out” for someone else this week?
  4. In what ways can you share your life with someone this week?
  5. Spend time in prayer this week for Alta Vista Baptist Church.