For our celebration service, I invited several families who had been at the church since its beginning to give a testimony during the service. One theme in these testimonies came through to me: the church had served them in their time of need. Whether it was a surgery or a child who was rebelling, the fact that the church stood behind the family and helped them in their distress made a bit impact upon these families.
These testimonies help bring to clarity one of the most important things that people need in a church. They need a community to care for them in their time of need. This care is a testimony to the watching world. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).