UPDATE: November 16, 2020

Dear MBC Family,

The Elders at MBC have been monitoring hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19, and due to a recent increase in both of these markers, we have decided to implement some extra precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our church body.

Both Sunday Morning and Wednesday Night programming will continue on the MBC campus, but the following precautionary measures will apply:

  • Masks are strongly recommended for adults. If you do not have a mask and choose to wear one, MBC will provide you one upon arrival. All MBC Elders, Deacons, staff and volunteers who are not on stage during the service will be asked to wear masks. 

  • Frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer is strongly recommended. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building. 

  • mbcKIDS has been and will continue implementing rigorous health procedures to promote safety for our kids. 
 
The mbcLIVESTREAM will still be available on Sunday Mornings for those who wish to worship from home. As always, all members of MBC have freedom in how they wish to proceed without judgement or criticism.

The Elders believe this is the best way forward for the health of the MBC community. However, since this is an extremely fluid situation, we will evaluate procedures one day at a time and post updates often on this page.

Love God. Love Others. Pray for Health!

MBC Elders
UPDATE: September 22, 2020

Great news, Midland Bible Church! Effective immediately, we are resuming mbcKIDS’, mbcSTUDENTS’, and adult activities on the MBC campus. That includes Sunday Mornings and Monday evenings and Wednesday Nights. And, because some of you might need a little caffeine to get started on Sunday Mornings, we’re also resuming our self-serve coffee and tea bar in the Plaza.

Remember, we want everyone to be safe and healthy, and we encourage, but do not require, face coverings and social distancing in classrooms and in public areas, including mbcKIDS and mbcSTUDENTS. This applies to both attendees and volunteers.

We’re looking forward to seeing you! Let’s take time to give thanks and humbly pray that the Lord will continue to use both our isolation and our gatherings.

MBC Elders

UPDATE: August 3, 2020

Dear MBC Family,

After prayerful consideration, discussion, and reflection, the Elders have decided to reopen MBC for our Sunday Morning service and mbcKIDS at 10:15am starting Sunday, August 9th. All those that choose to join us in-person are strongly encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize/wash hands regularly. The mbcKIDS’ team will send details to parents regarding the precautionary measures being implemented for the health and safety of our kids. mbcLIVESTREAM will continue to be available for those who feel more comfortable worshipping with us from home. Whichever option you choose, we look forward to being together with you either in-person or online.

Love God. Love others. Pray for health.

MBC Elders  
UPDATE: July 13, 2020

Dear MBC Family,

Throughout the pandemic, the Elders at MBC have been monitoring COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. Due to a meaningful increase in both and in consideration of the health and safety of all, we will not meet in person for the next several weeks. mbcLIVESTREAM is an amazing option for Sunday Morning and will remain available. No mbcKIDS or MBCS. InGroups are welcome to meet off campus at their discretion.
 
The Elders believe this is the best way forward for the health of the MBC community at this time. Check here for periodic updates on our response to the ongoing health crisis.

Love God. Love Others. Pray for Health.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  May 14, 2020, 8:00am

Dear MBC Family,

Recently, as the wind whipped outside, I was reminded of the importance of stress in our lives.

Do you remember the Biosphere 2 project? It was a glass enclosure, inhabited by a small group of people over an extended period. The project was intended to be a miniature version of our planet, constructed for scientists to better understand how the planet’s living systems work. One of the more surprising findings was the simple, but profound, role of wind in the life of a tree. In the protected environment, trees and other plants grew faster than they would normally grow in the wild. However, these same trees, inside the biosphere, collapsed before reaching maturity. They simply toppled over. The cause was later found to be a lack of wind in the protected environment. It turns out that the stress of wind on a tree is critical for its strengthening and development.

When plants and trees grow in the wild, the wind causes a stress in the wooden, load-bearing structure of the tree. So, to compensate, the tree manages to grow something called reaction wood (or stress wood). This stress wood usually has a different structure (in terms of cellulose or lignin content), making the tree stronger, and also positioning it to receive the best light. The stress of the wind also forces the roots of a tree deeper into the soil. The deeper the roots, the stronger the tree. And, a deep-rooted tree can face most any force that nature sends its way.

And, so it is with us. The trials and stresses of this life have purpose. They can either force us to our knees or help us grow deep 'faith roots,' eventually producing fruit that sustains and is evident to others. A wise person once said, "It’s not the hard times that make us stronger, but what we choose to do with the hard times." How about you? What will you choose to do in, and with, events of recent weeks? What will you do with the hard times in your life? Hopefully, you choose to root deeply into the rich soil of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

For Christ Alone,

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  May 11, 2020, 1:30pm

Dear MBC Family,

As we begin leaving the coronavirus quarantine, how will we live differently? Will we live differently? Will we remember the feelings of isolation, of longing to be with family and friends, of desiring to help and serve others, or will we simply return to life as it was before the virus? Much of the world will remain hopeless and fearful of the next pandemic. Will we, or will we be His light in the world to give hope and to calm fears?

How must the disciples have felt immediately after the crucifixion? They had followed Jesus for three years, seeing the miracles He performed, learning from Him, realizing He was the Son of God, and then He died on the cross. Imagine how hopeless they must have felt, how isolated they were, how scared they must have been. For three days, they were “quarantined," grieving the loss of their friend and companion--the one they expected to set things right--and now, He had died. How were things going to be different if Jesus wasn’t there to make them different? Would they be killed along with Him? They didn’t understand what God was doing because it wasn’t how they expected God to be working, but three days later Jesus was alive. All at once it made sense. Death had been overcome. Life could be eternal.

These men, who three days earlier were living in fear and hopelessness, were now emboldened to go and tell others about Jesus Christ. They could have gone back to fishing, tax collecting--back to their normal lives--but things had changed. They had hope that needed to be shared. Through the disciples, the gospel has been spread across the world. Because these men chose to live differently in the world, we, in Midland, TX, know about Jesus Christ. They didn’t understand fully what God was doing, but they knew things had changed.

The pandemic has changed things in our world, but the change that matters happened over 2000 years ago. The same change that emboldened the disciples is the change that should embolden us. What if God has chosen to use a pandemic to get us to live differently? Will we live differently? Will we share the hope that we have with a world that is hopeless, or will we go back to living life as it was before?

Live differently; be bold.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  May 7, 2020, 9:00am

Dear MBC Family,

What is the goal of the Christian life? Barbara Walters interviewed some American Christians, and they felt the goal of a Christian was to get to heaven. What does the Bible say?

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

Jesus in His high priestly prayer on the night He was betrayed, prayed for Himself, His disciples, and all believers:

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one, as you Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:20-21)

Jesus' desire for us, i.e. His goal, is that we become conformed to His image. Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, explains in Hebrews 12:5-7 how we will be conformed to His image through the Word:

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons: 'My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.' If you endure chastening, God deals with you as sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

God chastens us through trials and tribulations so that we may be conformed to the image of Christ.

How are we as Christians to respond to the Covid-19 crisis in our country at the present time? Jesus gives us the answer in the Upper Room discourse on the night of His betrayal:

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit when we believe in Him who teaches us all things. When we remain connected, dependent, and yielded to the Holy Spirit in us, we are able to be conformed to Christ's image. We should be aware of circumstances and other people in the storm, but keep our focus squarely on Christ and take the next step. If we take our focus off Christ in the trial, we cease walking by the Spirit and yield to the flesh.

Horatio Spafford is an example of someone who kept his focus on and abided in Christ during trials and tribulations. He suffered the loss of his four year old son in 1871. During the great Chicago fire of that same year, he lost extensive property that ruined him financially. His business interests were further ruined by the financial downturn of 1873. He planned to travel to Europe with his family, but was delayed and sent his family ahead. While crossing the Atlantic, their ship sank rapidly after colliding with another vessel. All four of his daughters died. His wife survived and sent him the famous telegram, "Saved alone..." Shortly afterward, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, his ship passed near where his daughters had died. He wrote the well known hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul," at that time. As a father, he couldn't help but be overcome by grief in the loss of his children, and as a man caring for his family, he would be troubled by their financial misfortune. However, he kept his focus on Christ, abiding in Him who is able to grant peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

In our trials and tribulations, as we look to Christ, He says, "Trust me; I have everything under control." Please, remember that when you are abiding in Christ as He conforms you to His image.

Grace and Peace,

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  May 4, 2020, 9:00am

Dear MBC Family,

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

There are unavoidable and avoidable pains. Too often we allow the latter to follow the former. We act out, blame, and reciprocate in order to either rationalize, punish or pacify the hurt.  

Sometimes difficulty is unavoidable. Circumstances are tough or confusing due to no fault of our own. Our fallibility struggles to make sense of things. Certain aspects of life we cannot control.

We can also have avoidable pain. Ironically, avoidable pain often stems from attempts to circumvent unavoidable suffering. The paradoxical solution is to feel our pain honestly, for all it is worth. That can be a positive step toward discovering what is real and true.

In either case, unavoidable or avoidable, our pain is an opportunity. To learn. To grow. To see in new ways. To develop character and intimacy with God and others. When pain finds its way into our lives, we can make the choice to acknowledge it truthfully.

The pains of life can be pathways to blessing if we have eyes to see. The momentary afflictions of this life can achieve an eternal benefit for us when we embrace the daily renewal offered by the resurrection power of Jesus residing within us.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  April 27, 2020, 12:00pm

Dear MBC Family,

It appears that we are nearing the end of the COVID-19 isolation period. Perhaps our lives will return to normal, not that normal is danger-free. You see, we still face the greatest pandemic of all time.  

  • Another silent enemy is attacking us.
    • Satan  
  • He spreads the deadliest of all viruses.
    • Sin  
  • The virus is pervasive.
    • For all have sinned
  • The symptoms are egregious.  
    • Pain, fear, desolation, brokenness
  • The mortality rate is 100%.
    • The wages of sin is death
  • The death is exceedingly painful.  
    • Eternal separation from God
  • There is already a vaccination though.  
    • Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ
  • The vaccine is 100% effective.  
    • But, the gift of God is eternal life
  • The vaccine is readily available.  
    • That whoever believes in Him
  • Those with the antibody still carry the virus.
    • The evil I will not to do, that I do

So, what do we do for those who have been vaccinated from the disease, but still suffer with the symptoms? Perhaps there is a mask with which we could cover our whole head. It would have to keep unwholesome things from entering our eyes and ears, while keeping unwholesome things from leaving our mouths. Impossible, you say?

  • The mask already exists.  
    • Be transformed by the renewing of your mind

Lord, help us to be as concerned with this virus as we have been with COVID-19.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  April 24, 2020, 4:30pm

Dear MBC Family,

Why are we continuing to quarantine as a church?
Is it because the civil government demands it?
Is it because we fear the pandemic?
Is it because we lack faith?
 
Those could all be possible reasons for our temporary quarantine at MBC. But, as Paul liked to say, “May it never be!”  

Our answer to the “why” is captured in Romans 15:1-3a:

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification or even Christ did not please Himself...

The “strong” in our current context are those who are at low risk of having or contracting the virus, and “weak” are those who are at higher risk (65 and older, compromised immunity, pre-existing conditions, etc.). So, we who are strong are to bear (help carry the weight) of those who are weak. It would please all of us to restart the engines of our normal life immediately, including MBC services. But, Paul is clear in this charge for us to consider others’ needs before we consider our own. We have freedom to do as we please. However, as Christ Himself did, we are compelled to use that freedom for loving others.
 
So, let us continue to seek Christlikeness in bearing the burdens of those who are weak by using our freedom to love, encourage, and protect as the MBC body of Christ, even in our current state of dispersion. For the day is coming when we (strong and weak) will again be together, and our freedom will be one of bear hugs, firm handshakes, and face-to-face testimonies of His goodness.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  April 20, 2020, 2:00pm

Dear MBC Family,

These uncertain times...

These uncertain times is a phrase we hear frequently these days. Uncertainty is unsettling, uncomfortable, undesirable. And, uncertainty has a way of breeding insecurity in all of us, or better yet, reveals that in which we truly place our trust.

Fact is, we’re all human. We feel threatened in times like these. The difference-maker is how we choose to view times like these. For what is often perceived as a threat, many times is opportunity in disguise when it comes to faith-walking for faith-walkers.

Hebrews 11 includes a collection of people, all very different, but similar to us. All faced uncomfortable circumstances in uncertain times. All were sinners with some notable failures. But, each ultimately took steps forward and lived by faith. For faith is a verb, not a noun. People don’t just have faith, they do faith. These Hebrews 11 people realized they were not destined for this world, but rather for a better country--a heavenly one. And, that realization impacted how they chose to live their here and now, not as natives, but as aliens and strangers.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

Perhaps these uncertain times, threatening as they may be, are an opportunity. An opportunity to wake up, step out, and grow in your faith. Perhaps these days have purpose, meaning, an impact that could be eternal. If so, then how might the Lord be speaking? How might He wish to move? It’s hard to tell if you’ve gone native. Remember, the land is all His, and we are but aliens and strangers (Lev 25:23b). If we think and live this way in these uncertain times, then, by His strength, we can have lasting impact on the here and now in others for Him.

MBC Elders
UPDATE:  April 16, 2020, 1:00pm

Dear MBC Family,

God is still on His throne and has not been surprised by the current events. We know that, but, in these strange times, we really need to know it. Our city, state, nation and world are going through a trial, a trial unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime. God is definitely doing something, and hopefully, in time, we’ll get to understand what He’s up to.

In this time of uncertainty, trusting that God is sovereign and fully in control, let’s look at ourselves and see what He may be doing in our lives individually. Maybe, you are struggling with fear. Is God training you to be fearless? Are you impatient? Is God teaching you patience? Is He wanting a new level of trust in you? Has He given you new opportunities to serve that have blessed you and others and given you a desire to serve more? Is He wanting you to rely on Him for your financial situation? Has He given you a new level of desire for community? Has your marriage been struggling, and you have been given significantly more time to work on it? What is God doing in your life specifically to mold you into the likeness of Jesus Christ?

It would be foolish to believe that God is only bringing about change on a national or worldwide level and not believe He is working on each of us individually. These times are raising all kinds of emotions in us, many that we have not dealt with before now. Wouldn’t it make sense that God has given us opportunity to work through those emotions that we didn’t know were within us?

The day will come when we can shake hands and hug people again. Stores will have toilet paper on the shelves, and we’ll be able to eat in restaurants again. We’ll be able to have group conversations where we can all talk at once instead of one person speaking at a time. Oil prices will return to a tolerable level, and we’ll be able to meet together for Wednesday Nights and Sunday Mornings. Life will return to normal again. Let’s make sure that as we approach those days that we are listening to God through the Spirit and understanding and moving towards what God wants our new normal to look like. A new normal where we look more like Jesus.

Going through trials, like this, is not fun, but God wants us to step into the opportunity to grow. He will be glorified through this in changed lives, changed nations and a changed world.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13)

God is still on His throne.

MBC Elders
UPDATE: April 13, 2020, 5:30pm

Dear MBC Family,
 
Well-trained parents know how to, when a child grabs a glass or car keys (or a spider) that they shouldn’t have, offer him/her something else less fragile or dangerous or more appropriate. Instead of saying, “Don’t do that,” tell the child it’s okay to wave at, but not touch, the object. Likewise, God tells us that there are alternatives to our thoughts when they stray to the dark, the hopeless, or the fearful side of our current reality. In Philippians 4:8, scripture says:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

That means, instead of thinking how evil and greedy and selfish this world is, we can think, “Yes, the world is full of evil, but it is also filled with the overcoming of evil.” (Helen Keller) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)  

Instead of thinking, No home, no job, no friends – I’m broken and worthless and nobody cares; we can think, But God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)  

Instead of thinking, the world is going to pieces; there’s no hope left; people cringe in fear behind locked doors, lacking any reason for optimism; the economy is in the toilet, and the only way we’ll survive any of this is if the government saves us, we can think:

The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)  

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)


Let us take our thoughts captive, and in humility and thankfulness, let us recognize God’s blessings. Let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

MBC Elders
UPDATE: April 9, 2020, 2:30pm

Dear MBC Family,

Is Covid-19 God's alarm clock to our world? Is God allowing a microscopic virus to virtually shut down the lives of millions of people so we can see our need for Him? We as a people have turned our back on God. More than 60,000,000 children have been killed by abortion in America. In the rest of the world, more than 100,000,000 female babies have been murdered by abortion as women have been seeking male babies. Drugs and alcohol are being used by people to avoid life and seek pleasure, thus destroying their own lives. People worship various idols of wealth, clothes, cars, homes, and other false gods. People seem intent on looking to everything but God in this crisis. When God is mentioned, TV anchors rail against the idea. In former times of plagues and wars, people recognized their need for God. They sought after God in fasting and prayer, seeking to restore fellowship with Him.

What is God's plan in a time such as this? We who are God's people are fortunate in that we have His Word, the Bible, to look too for guidance. We can see that as a fallen people, throughout history, people have turned from God and worshipped idols of their own choosing. God allowed various calamities to come their way so they could examine their hearts and turn back to Him.

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth. Because you say, `I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."' (Revelation 3:14-22)

What then should be our response to a Holy God in a time such as this? Because of the plague on our land and the resultant social distancing, we have the opportunity as individuals and families to take time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)  

We should examine our lives to see what idols we have set up in place of God and reject them. We who are Christ followers should turn back to Him and seek His face, desiring to fellowship with Him. Then, a revival can take place as the people in our country see believers fellowshipping with Christ and with each other in love.

Is God's alarm clock asking you to wake up, repent, and seek His face? Please consider carefully while you have the opportunity.

MBC Elders
UPDATE: April 6, 2020, 10:00am

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)

Dear MBC Family,

The hard truth is that every day we face strange and mysterious realities. There are forces in both the physical and spiritual world that make life dangerous, fragile, and confusing. But, these forces are not the last word on our existence.

Christ is.

Every day, including the day you will never remember and the day the NBA shut down, is an opportunity to make choices. Our fundamental choice is this:  In whom (or what) will we place our trust?

Circumstances are an invitation. They welcome us into an awareness of how fragile and out of control we really are. But, this ultimately is not a cause for fear; it is a setting for faith and for worship.

What does Job do when everything is taken away from him? He worships. What does he do when all is restored to him? He worships.

There is so much to concern us. There is also so much to be thankful for. The transcendent truth through it all is that Christ is. He is good. He is enough. He is worthy of our praise. He is worthy of our trust.

In the wake of the worldwide pandemic, there is power in a pause--a deep breath--to remember that Christ is, and that His name is exalted, no matter the circumstance.

MBC Elders
UPDATE: April 2, 2020 1:00pm

Dear MBC Family,

Over the past few weeks many of the things that we take for granted have been shaken. Our health has been endangered; our livelihoods have been altered or lost; our financial situations have been weakened; and our freedoms have been restricted. The message that is broadcast to us is that we should be afraid.

The clear message from God’s Word is that we should not fear. However, that doesn’t mean that we should ignore what is going on. In Hebrews 12, God says that he will shake what can be shaken. The context of the chapter deals with the discipline of the Lord. The Lord disciplines those He loves.

In these times, it’s healthy to be introspective, to take an honest look at what and whom you are trusting. If you find that you are fearful over all that is happening, perhaps you have allowed your hope to rest on something other than the Lord. If that is the case, confess to Him that you have done this, and ask for His help to trust in Him completely.

The great news is that there are unshakeable truths onto which we can hold. One is that we have the Blessed Assurance that we are saved from hell to heaven. The Bible tells us that we can know this if we have trusted in Jesus as our Savior. Another unshakeable truth is that we have Eternal Security. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Our salvation cannot be lost. Hebrews 12:28 provides yet another truth when it says that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Let us encourage you to hold on to Jesus during times like these.

The following is a list of Services, Studies/Classes, and Events that will be available digitally or have been canceled or postponed. We will update this information as plans change.

What will be available Digitally:


What is Canceled:

  • All mbcKIDS’ Sunday Morning programming
  • mbcKIDS’ Day Out
  • MBCS Small Groups
  • MBCS Sunday School 
  • MBCS Wednesday Nights
  • All Wednesday Night Meals
  • Awana
  • Roots 
  • Forged
  • Awana Awards
  • MBC Family Campout
  • Clubber of the Quarter Rockhounds Game

What is Postponed:

  • MBC Grand Prix
  • MBC Family Picnic

MBC Elders
UPDATE: March 30, 2020, 7:00pm

Dear MBC Saints,

Today is no different than a year ago if your eyes are on things that really matter. God still reigns with justice and mercy. Jesus, the risen Son, is still making an appeal on our behalf as our advocate. And, the Holy Spirit continues to intercede for us as we pray. The Trinity knows our circumstance and is actively making all things work together for our good. What is our good? It is our sanctification into the likeness of Christ.
 
As Jesus was pressured at the garden of Gethsemane (oil press), so too are we being squeezed in the Permian press. His temptation was to walk away from the cross and the burden of mankind. Our temptation is to walk away from the cross and the hope of mankind.
 
Our hope is not in the price of WTI. Our hope is not in the CDC.  
Our hope is in the Victor over death.
Our hope is in the One who rose again.
And, it is a blessed hope to hope in Him.
 
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)
 
In the blessed hope,

MBC Elders
UPDATE: March 26, 2020, 11:30am

Dear MBC Family,

Last week, Andrew Adams taught us about another member of the Book of Hebrews’ Hall of Fame: Gideon. His entire country was under attack and oppression by a foreign foe. What should have been a time of prosperity and rejoicing became a time of fear and isolation. If you’ll remember the Old Testament story from the time of Judges in Israel, God chose someone ordinary, but faithful, to do something extraordinary.

God gave Gideon an opportunity to serve Him and stand up in a troubled time. Gideon agreed to do his part and summoned an army of his countrymen. We know that the original 32,000 volunteers for that army were winnowed down to 300. What we often forget is that God provided not just the chosen 300, but every one of the original 32,000. I think God showed up and showed Himself to be a provider and a protector in a way that His people could understand – not with a small group of “Navy Seals”, but rather with lots of common folks that realized that it was time to answer the call in a crisis.

We have an opportunity each day to step forward in faith and service in a time when the entire world is facing a common and easily identifiable foe. There are not hundreds of us in the battle, but rather millions, and yet our Lord may reduce our battlefield to one country, one neighborhood or even one household. The important thing is that each of us, relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, engages the enemy in the best way that we’re equipped to do. For some, that may mean isolation; for others it may mean providing encouragement or sustenance to the less robust among us. Be thankful that God has surrounded us with a huge, caring, gifted family. Let us petition the Lord for help when we need it, accept it when offered, and share it when appropriate.
 
What will be available Digitally:

  • mbcLIVESTREAM - All 10:15am Sunday Morning Services 
  • Precepts - Growth Resources Videos 
  • Regen via Zoom - Private Group
  • The Drawing Room via mbcWOMEN Facebook Discussion Group
  • *Yeshua=Jesus via Zoom 
  • The Table Connection via Facebook Live 
  • *re|engage via Zoom
  • *Lectio Divina via Zoom
  • Passover Seder
  • Tenebrae - Good Friday, April 10th

*If you would like to join any of the Studies/Classes meeting via Zoom, find the class of your choice from this list, and click “Join this group”, and the group leader will contact you with more information.

What is Canceled:

  • All mbcKIDS’ Sunday Morning programming
  • mbcKIDS’ Day Out
  • MBCS Small Groups
  • MBCS Sunday School 
  • MBCS Wednesday Nights
  • All Wednesday Night Meals
  • Awana
  • Roots 
  • Forged
  • Awana Awards
  • MBC Family Campout
  • Clubber of the Quarter Rockhounds Game

What is Postponed:

  • MBC Grand Prix
  • MBC Family Picnic

MBC Elders & Staff
UPDATE: March 20, 2020, 2:30pm

Dear MBC Family,

What an incredible time to be a part of the Church, not just Midland Bible, but the global community of believers. We are welcoming people--family, friends, neighbors, even strangers--home with kindness and care during these unprecedented times, and we will continue to press on, loving God, loving others, praying for health, and protecting the vulnerable.
 
Please consider the following information as our best effort to communicate the most recent plans and intentions of MBC as we strive to love our community.

Following CDC recommendations, the elders and staff have decided to cancel or postpone all onsite programming through May 10th. As this is a fluid situation, please continue to check our website and social media for updates.

The following is a list of Services, Studies/Classes, and Events that will be available digitally or have been canceled or postponed. We will update this information as plans change.

What will be available Digitally:

  • mbcLIVESTREAM - All 10:15am Sunday Morning Services
  • Precepts
  • Regen
  • The Drawing Room via Facebook Discussion Group
  • The Table Connection via Facebook Live
  • re|engage
  • Lectio Divina
  • Tenebrae - Livestream, Friday, April 10th

Stay tuned for more information on how to gain access to the Studies/Classes being offered digitally.

What is Canceled:

  • All mbcKIDS’ Sunday Morning programming
  • mbcKIDS’ Day Out
  • MBCS Small Groups
  • MBCS Sunday School
  • MBCS Wednesday Nights
  • All Wednesday Night Meals
  • Awana
  • Roots
  • Forged
  • Awana Awards
  • MBC Family Campout
  • Clubber of the Quarter Rockhounds Game

What is Postponed:

  • MBC Grand Prix

TBD:

  • Yeshua=Jesus
  • Passover Seder

For His Glory,

MBC Elders & Staff
UPDATE: March 17, 2020, 3:45pm

Dear MBC Family,

We hope you are leaning on His everlasting arms today. No matter what the circumstances, He is out ahead of them, making provision, meeting needs, and inviting us to courageous faith. One day, we will look back on these days and be glad, knowing that He is faithful, and fear is a liar.
 
Please consider the following information as our best effort to communicate the most recent plans and intentions of MBC as we strive to love our community.

The elders and staff have decided to cancel or postpone all programming for at least the next 8 weeks. As this is a fluid situation, please continue to check our website and social media for updates. While we trust the Lord, and we will miss being together as a family throughout the week, it is important we help protect the vulnerable. Love God. Love others. Pray for health.

The following is a list of services and events that will be available digitally or have been canceled or postponed. We will update this information as plans change.

What will be available Digitally:

  • mbcLIVESTREAM - All 10:15am Sunday Morning Services 
  • The Table Connection via Facebook Live
  • Tenebrae - April 10th

What is Canceled:

  • All mbcKIDS’ Sunday Morning programming
  • mbcKIDS’ Day Out
  • MBCS Small Groups
  • MBCS Sunday School 
  • MBCS Wednesday Nights
  • All Wednesday Night Meals
  • Awana
  • Roots 
  • Awana Awards
  • MBC Family Campout
  • Clubber of the Quarter Rockhounds Game

What is Postponed:

  • MBC Grand Prix

TBD:

  • Precepts
  • re|engage
  • Regen
  • The Drawing Room
  • Yeshua=Jesus
  • Forged
  • Lectio Divina
  • Passover Seder
  • Mother’s Day Sunday - May 10th

MBC Elders & Staff
UPDATE: March 16, 2020, 4:30pm (Updated 3/17/20)

Dear MBC Family,

We hope you are leaning on His everlasting arms today. No matter what the circumstances, He is out ahead of it, making provision, meeting needs, and inviting us to courageous faith. One day, we will look back on these days and be glad, knowing that He is faithful and fear is a liar.
 
Please consider the following information as our best effort to communicate the most recent plans and intentions of MBC as we strive to love our community.

According to the CDC, events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US via travelers who attend events and introduce the virus to new communities. The elders and staff agree that MBC’s regular services and events are examples of these mass gatherings and as such have decided to cancel or postpone all onsite programming for at least the next 8 weeks. As this is a fluid situation, please continue to check our website and social media for updates. While we trust the Lord and we will miss being together as a family throughout the week, it is important we help protect the vulnerable. Love God. Love others. Pray for health.

The following is a list of services and events that will be livestreamed or have been canceled or postponed. We will update this information as plans change.

What will be available Digitally:

  • mbcLIVESTREAM - All 10:15am Sunday Morning Services 
  • The Table Connection via Facebook Live
  • Tenebrae - April 10th

What is Canceled:

  • All mbcKIDS’ Sunday Morning programming
  • mbcKIDS’ Day Out
  • MBCS Small Groups
  • MBCS Sunday School 
  • MBCS Wednesday Nights
  • All Wednesday Night Meals
  • Awana
  • Roots 
  • Awana Awards
  • Clubber of the Quarter Rockhounds Game

What is Postponed:

  • MBC Grand Prix

TBD:

  • Precepts
  • re|engage
  • Regen
  • Wednesday Night Adult Classes
  • Forged
  • Passover Seder
  • Mother’s Day Sunday - May 10th

MBC Elders & Staff
UPDATE: March 13, 2020, 1:00pm

Dear MBC Family,

As we continue to assess the fluid realities of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak while being mindful of our hope in the sovereign Lord, it has become apparent that wisdom is leading us to make some additional adjustments to the MBC programming schedule.

The following is in effect through March 29th (2 weeks) and will be re-evaluated on that date: 

- The MBC campus will be closed for deep cleaning. Access keys will be turned off in efforts to keep the building clean. - We will be live streaming our 10:15am Sunday Morning service only (No Sunday School.), without the congregation in the Sanctuary. As we have said, not having this capability prior to the outbreak, we will do our best to provide the highest quality presentation possible this Sunday and beyond. Later today, check our social media and website for details about this option and additional news updates.

- All mid-week programming and activities will be postponed until at least March 29th. This includes: re|engage, Regen, KDO, Awana, Wednesday Night meal and programming, MBCS events, The Table, etc. (i.e.: Everything).

Please pass this communication on to all others in your ministry sphere. We will continue to communicate important information on the MBC website and social media; so, check back often for the latest update, and continue to make wise choices in your life (This link contains helpful guidance.).

The body of Christ, as expressed at Midland Bible Church, is not the building, but the saints who make up the body. Although MBC programming is on hiatus, the MBC body is at full capacity to serve, love, pray for, and bless each other and our neighbors. Our purpose in all we do is love for God and love for others, not fear. Our hope remains in the God who heals and truly is in control.

For His Glory,

MBC Elders & Staff
March 12, 2020 (Updated 3/13/20)

Dear MBC Family,

As global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerge, our elders and staff have been discussing reasonable precautions to take for the health and safety of our congregation and community. We have also been in contact with public health officials to discern a prudent path forward. MBC will not have regular programming this Sunday, March 15th. No known cases of the virus are in our area, and currently, our area is at low-risk. However, we can help protect members of our congregation in a high-risk category, such as older adults and those with compromised immune systems. These precautions are done in the spirit of Christian love. While we trust the Lord and do not want to create unnecessary fear, it is important we help protect the vulnerable.

Beginning this Sunday, March 15th, in and around our services and events:

– We will be live streaming our 10:15am Sunday Morning service. Not having this capability prior to the outbreak, we will do our best to provide the highest quality presentation possible this Sunday and beyond. Later this week, check our social media and website for details about this option and additional news updates.

– Given the fast-changing nature of this situation, stay aware and follow any directives given by public officials superseding our advice.
If you are in a high-risk category, see People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19.

Please continue praying for those affected by this virus and for the people of Jesus to effectively communicate the power and love of God in the midst of a fearful time.

For His Glory,

MBC Elders & Staff