THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR A PRACTICAL BIBLICAL THEOLOGY . Keith Wasserman, Founder/Executive Director Good Works, Inc. A COMMUNITY OF HOPE www.good-works.net goodworks @good-works.net. - Since 1981. “Some people’s lives are like a revolving door”. We must ask “what is the most loving think
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What we DO emerges from who we ARE
Our work is the offering of worship
Worship ‘lifts us’ to the place where we can hear “you are my beloved”
The gospel must be good news for us!
Reconciliation: Walk it out and talk it out
Laying your gift at the alter is not ‘figurative’
The sin of Achan (Joshua 7)WORSHIPMatthew 6:33
What’s your program? Our program is integrity.
Being bitten surfaces issues of hurt, anger, resentment, bitterness and forgiveness.
Life-flowing ministry must grow out of our community
We invite the poor into what we are already doing (with or without them)
The power to share/release our “stuff” is found in community (Acts 2:44 & 4:32)
In community there is a check & balance system on our “power”
In community we can prevent burnout
In community, WE can speak for the voiceless (Proverbs 31:8-9WORSHIP & COMMUNITYColossians 1:9-14
We can not seeour neighbor properly
except through the lens of worship – Matthew 9:35
What is your theology of Love? bitterness and forgiveness.
Kindness bitterness and forgiveness.
Suffering love (pain)
A father’s love
A mothers' love“To love a person is to invite them into your network of relationships, a community” –Jean VanierLOVE AS…Luke 6:32-33
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” – I Thessalonians 2:8
What does mean when we want to serve the poor but we do not want to know the poor?
Wesley onFace-to-face interaction with the poor“One great reason why the rich in general have so little sympathy for the poor is because they seldom visit them. Hence it is that . . . one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it-and then plead their voluntary ignorance as an excuse for their hardness of heart.”Sermon On Visiting the Sick Works:3:387-8.
A gospel for the gaps. A net for those who were falling through the cracks.
Methodists went to where the people were. They “sought out” the forgotten people.
Ministry beyond the local church was normative.
His faith was manifested in good works.
Eclectic – he took the best of many traditions.Would John Wesley join the Methodist Church?
Do not oppress an alien, you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in the Egypt (NIV)- Exodus 23:9
“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
I Kings 3:9
Viewing life redemptively
World-view: able to say “the Lord gives…the Lord takes away, blessed be..”
Conviction: The Lord will deliver us… but even if He doesn’t, we will still not ….
Forgiveness: The grace to receive and give it both to ourselves and to others.
What we do when we are alone.
Matthew 7:24-27 people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
How do you know what kind of house you are building?
James 1:22-26How do we know we are not deceiving ourselves?
Teach the illiterate to read silence the ignorance of foolish men” – I Peter 2:15
Befriend the mentally ill
Become a friend to a child in a single parent family
Visit the elderly in your neighborhood
Volunteer your time at an agency serving the homeless
Volunteer with Hospice
Work at a crisis pregnancy center
Serve with Habitat for Humanity
Become a big brother/big sister
Provide transportation (give a ride) to someone
The danger of insulation and the reality of our social circle.“… do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position” – Romans 12:16
How do you overcome evil? You overcome evil with good! Romans 12:21
- (Job 29:12-17)
- (Exodus 6:9)
Q –what might be an example of “being stained” by the world’s point of view of the widow and fatherless?
“They only asked us to remember the poor; the very thing I was also eager to do”
John chapter 4