“Just hunker down, hold tight — we hear you, we feel you. Believe me.” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevado to the millions of Houston area residents affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. “We hear you, we feel you…” These are powerful words of empathy and understanding along with the promise that when able, help would be on the way. All of our hearts are breaking right now as we watch helplessly as the rain continues to fall. We can help with relief and recovery (You can give today to Texas Baptist Disaster Relief with a special gift through Crossroads, or you can text HurricaneHarvey to 73256, or you can visit texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now and support their efforts there. Our Domestic Missions team is sending a gift from our designated fund, that will be added to any additional gifts from the Crossroads family.) However, we are helpless to prevent or contain the effects of the storm. Our God, though, is present in this storm and He “sees” and He “hears” and He “feels”.
We are approaching an important season for our church family, a season of “Giving”. We ask you to help us provide monies for missionaries both in our state and around the world, Operation Christmas Child boxes to be shipped to poorly resourced children in developing countries, we will fill boxes of food for local families in need this Thanksgiving. All of these giving opportunities allow us the opportunity to show the world that God sees, hears, and feels. This is at the heart of our Hebrews study, Jesus; Above All. If Christ is Above All to us then what moved Him will move us to action, service, and sacrifice no matter the cost.
It is the purpose of the Church to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world today and by doing so to bring attention to the God who created the world and is presently reconciling this broken world to Himself through Christ. Buildings are not hands and feet. People, believers, the followers of Jesus, the members of His church are the hands and feet of Jesus. How will the world believe that God can and does hear and feel every storm created by the effects of sin, if they do not hear and feel the church’s presence in the midst of their troubled lives. For the next few weeks, we will discuss the importance of the church, the importance of your commitment as a member of the Body of Christ. We are praying that we will grow in our understanding that we are made for community, a community of faith, and that we can do more together than we can do apart.