We have had some church members ask about our plans if coronavirus makes it to the Sulfur Spring’s Valley. Our elders exchanged ideas and considered Scripture’s instruction. As of March 12, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cochise County and only 9 in the state of Arizona. Our elders are staying up-to-date with the most recent information. If you would like to stay informed, please click here.
Update as of March 21, 2020. In three days, the number of confirmed cases has gone from 15 to 104. Arizona had its first death from COVID-19 and its first confirmed case in Cochise County. Below you will find our updated statement.
Statement of Action—updated March 21, 2020
The Church at Sunsites
PURPOSE: To maintain a God-honoring plan as Coronavirus spreads in Arizona’s Cochise County for the good of Christ’s church.
ACKNOWLEDGED: Christ instructs us not to neglect the meeting of ourselves together for the purpose of building one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:24-25).
ACKNOWLEDGED: Christ instructs us to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, not our health or wealth (Matthew 6:33).
ACKNOWLEDGED: Jesus has the power to heal every ailment and does so according to His will (Everywhere in Scripture) by the power of His word, through the prayers of His saints (1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:15), by use of natural medicine (Psalm 51:7; Isaiah 38:21; 1 Timothy 5:23; Luke 10:34), and by use of doctors (1 Corinthians 12:9) and modern medicine (Matthew 9:12).
ACKNOWLEDGED: God has given us technology to use for His good purposes.
ACKNOWLEDGED: Coronavirus is a spreading, airborne virus with a mortality rate of 2.45% (estimate) and especially affecting senior citizens with preexisting auto-immune health conditions There is currently no cure or vaccine.
ACKNOWLEDGED: The elders of the church are to pray over those who are sick among us (James 5:14-16).
ACKNOWLEDGED: The State of Arizona has asked all groups of 10 or more not to meet while there are confirmed cases in their counties. Cochise County had its first confirmed case on March 20, 2020.
RESOLVED: Beginning March 25, we will move to online gathering. Though online gathering cannot replace the church meeting, we desire to honor the authorities God has placed (Romans 13) and seek the wellbeing of our congregants—both spiritual and physical.
– Sunday Morning—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 11am each Sunday.
– Lunch Series—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 1:00pm each Sunday.
– Wednesday Nigh Bible Study—will premier on the church website and facebook page at 6:30pm each Wednesday.
During each premier, Pastor Andrew will be watching live to engage any comments and questions in real time. We ask you to engage the lessons, comment and question. We also ask that you invite all of your friends and family members to attend from their homes with you and engage, asking any questions or making any comments. We will not look down on anyone who asks any type of question.
RESOLVED: Audio CD’s will be available upon request for any Bible lesson. Please contact the church secretary to request audio lessons. During the coronavirus season, these CD’s will be delivered to your door. If you know any homebound community members, sign them up for this service, too.
RESOLVED: If you have any needs, contact the church. Our deacons are here to serve however they can at all times.
RESOLVED: The elders of The Church at Sunsites are available to be called upon to anoint and pray over those who are sick in the church and in the community according to Christ’s instruction. We will do this upon anyone’s request for any serious illness or physical ailment.
RESOLVED: Bible study groups and classes are to discern when and if they will meet. Each Bible study or small group teacher will make the decisions for their own classes or meetings.
RESOLVED: Our elders are staying up-to-date on the coronavirus and we will update our statement as needed.
The elders of The Church at Sunsites.
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No matter your sickness. If you are in our community, our elders are here to serve you according to Christ’s instruction. We encourage you to see a doctor, use the proper medicine (natural and modern), and request our elders come anoint you and pray over you for healing.
Why Have Local Church Elders Pray Over You?
Biblical elders are the pastors of your local church, the ones with the responsibility to train the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12) by doing the ministry of God’s word (Acts 6). In Scripture, we receive an interesting promise. Those who truly walk with Christ and have fellowship with the Christian community can call on the local church elders so that the elders may pray for their physical healing (James 5:14). James 5:15 states that “the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” Faith is not mere belief or trust. Faith is the mechanism by which the Holy Spirit sanctifies God’s chosen people. So, the prayer that is offered by the Holy Spirit’s moving His people will restore the one who is sick. It’s a promise. Here, James is referring particularly to the prayer of elders in the local church. In James 5:16, James connects healing to confession. If the one being healed has a repentant heart, given to him or her through faith and the elders of the church have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them through faith, their prayer can accomplish much–not everything, but much!
At TCATS, we are not a health and wealth church. We do not confess the so called prosperity gospel. We do believe in God’s promises, and we believe God is greater than the ailments we suffer in this time. We are here to serve in the midst of any epidemic for Christ’s name’s sake.
If you have any questions, please let us know. As we see development, we may revise our statement as needed.