It was a solemn Wednesday night service at Ridgecrest Church when more than 175 members came together to show support for the Crabtree family who has felt pain after losing a family member early Tuesday evening after a fatal shooting.
The church decided to move its regularly scheduled Bible study for adults and students to pray with the Crabtree family.
Dr. Matt Beasley, the pastor of Ridgecrest, said the church believes what the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:26, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”
“This gave us a clear picture and directive for what our response should be to the tragedy that hit one of our families,” said Beasley. “As Christ followers, we believe that we have access to God by faith in His son Jesus Christ, and as such, we have access to a father who can bring comfort and healing in the midst of disorder and pain.”
As songs filled with God’s faithfulness filled the air, Beasley said the church reflected on Lamentations 3:21-23, “Which gives us a picture of God’s unending faithfulness amidst the chaos of this world, Psalm 46 depicts his unshakable nature and our role to one another in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.
“God has comforted us so that we might extend comfort to those around us who are going through difficult times,” said Beasley. “We led our members through a time of directed prayer and invited some of our members to come forward to pray for specific items of concern for the Crabtree family.”
Beasley said the Crabtree family is an “incredibly strong and resilient family.
“They have demonstrated time and again their dependence on God in the midst of tragedy,” said Beasley. “They live a humble and beautiful faith in God who alone is worthy of all praise and adoration.”