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Copy of SFC COW Talk 7 : Loving & Serving the Poor
Transcript of Copy of SFC COW Talk 7 : Loving & Serving the Poor
Different type of Givers
As God values the poor, we have to think about what that means to us and our community.
We may be responding yet what is the state of our heart in doing so?
What moves us?
What stirs our hearts?
Loving & Serving the Poor
1. Loving and serving the poor is an essential part of being a Christian and of being part of the Church.
Covenant Orientation Weekend
What does the Bible say about the Poor?
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of
the needy [Psalm 140:12]
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. [Psalm 10:14 ]
"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are
parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake
them.” [Isaiah 41:17 ]
Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are youwho are poor, for yours
is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed
are you who weep now, for you will laugh
Loving the Poor:
Our Response to God’s Commands
It is a two-fold principle.
God’s commands include an overflow of blessings, for He who is gracious lends to the Lord (Prov 19:17).
God tells us that if we help the poor He will bless us.
“If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday;”
2.It is our community’s mission.
to Build the Church of the Home and Build the Church of the Poor
3. We will be judged by how much we have loved and served others as Jesus did, especially our poor brethren.
“Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
God promises blessings to those who serve the poor.
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
What can we do as SFCs to help build the Church of the poor?
Our vision, “Every single man and woman all over the world experiencing Christ”
includes the poor in a special way as we are called to bring Christ to them and experience Christ in them.
Simple Steps we can take:
of loving and serving
to give a portion of your allowance/salary to the various programs esp. the Ancop Child Sponsorship Program.
Give Time for tutoring or values/spiritual enrichment in the different ANCOP areas.
Organize events or activities at ANCOP areas like parties and anniversaries and let your family, loved ones, friends and co-workers enjoy the spirit of sharing and giving
Visit the prison, the aged, the sick, and the abandoned.
Find opportunities to bring love and joy to those who need to be reminded
that they are loved.
Elevate the lives of the needy by giving them opportunities for work and thus bless his family as well.
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
[Ephesians 4:28 ]
“Then the King will say to those at his right hand,
’Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger & you welcomed me,
I was naked and you clothed me,
I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him,
’Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?’
And the king will answer them,
’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one
of the least of my brethren, you did it to Me.’”
God bless the work of your hands,
And in everything you do. And truly
"let every single man and woman all over the world experience Christ".
May God be Praised!
poor as lazy and inferior
Some may blame them for their poverty
The compassionate giver