The best place to be when a storm hits is with the people of God, that’s why you need a church family. In hard times you need to be with others that can encourage you, pray for you, and keep you strong. You know, if you’re a believer, then you’re a member of the church worldwide. If you love Jesus Christ and you live in Russia – we have many people who watch us online from Russia and worship with us – you’re part of the same church as a believer who lives in The Woodlands. Whatever denomination you are a part of, as long as you love Jesus Christ and you’ve placed your faith entirely in Him, you’re all part of the same church. But the New Testament emphasizes the need of a local church where people join in corporate worship, have their needs met, and meet the needs of others. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10.
It is also a place of compassion, not only within the church but outside the church. 1 John 3:17-18 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” When the storms hit, opportunities open up – huge opportunities – and the window of opportunity is open wider than it has ever been. So, “Whatever we do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father…” Colossians 3:17.