Distinctively Christian care giving and relating is not optional or even merely desirable for the follower of Jesus. It is a necessity.. Review?. Christians are responsible for care; God provides the cure.. Review. When I care for you, as I recognize you as my brother or sister, I begin to honor,
1. Christian Care Giving Making Care Intentional
2. Distinctively Christian care giving and relating is not optional or even merely desirable for the follower of Jesus. It is a necessity.
3. Review… Christians are responsible for care; God provides the cure.
4. Review When I care for you, as I recognize you as my brother or sister, I begin to honor, and accept, that I am a child of God.
5. Reaching the soul of the person…
6. Care giving as God’s cure… The salvation that Jesus brings to the world is His ultimate act of ministering to the whole person.
Greek word “to save” [sodzo] means “to heal”
when we give care, as Christ intended, we seek to be vessels which allow God to bring healing
7. Ministering to the whole person… Brokenness
Hebrew concept: physical, spiritual, emotional
Love, as Jesus modeled, embraces the whole person
Luke 10: 29-37 The Good Samaritan
Luke 8:43-48 (woman who suffered for 12 years)
Mark 2:1-12 (man lowered down to be healed)
8. In relationship with God… People, created by God, live out their relationship with God…
Moments of crisis (conflict) sometimes has people questioning this relationship…
Why would God do this to me?
How can a loving God allow this to happen?
9. Case example Mr. Adams is hospitalized for a serious illness. It is night and his family has gone home. He is alone, lying in the dark, brooding over several pressing concerns. His illness does not allow him to work. He is not sure there is a cure for him. He is angry with God because God allowed this to happen. He feels guilty about his feelings about God.
What are his needs?
10. Caring for Mr. Adams What are Mr. Adam’s needs?
What are Mr. Adam’s disclosed needs?
What are Mr. Adam’s undisclosed needs?
11. Needs Spiritual--
12. Ministering to Spiritual Needs Provide an atmosphere of acceptance
-- taking the time to listen
-- being attentive to people’s hurts and struggles
-- acceptance means suspending judgment
---providing the space and time for
God to work in an individual’s life
13. Ministering to Spiritual Needs Be alert to spiritual needs
-- recognize that a person may not even
mention God, but still have spiritual
-- be alert to what people feel and think, as
well as what they say
14. Ministering to Spiritual Needs Encourage people to discuss spiritual needs
(it’s ok to ask questions of spiritual nature)
How is [particular crisis] affecting your view of God and life?
Do you see yourself as a religious or spiritual person?
What values are important to you?
15. Pitfalls Splitting the spiritual, emotional, physical
Ranking spiritual over other needs and not
recognizing the whole person [Deut.6;5 heart, soul, and strength]
16. Pitfalls in giving care… Avoid “one-way street” discussions
-- a one way flow of words is a monologue
Avoid religious cliches
-- cliches frequently offer little insight and
often prevent you and the other person from really speaking meaningfully
Avoid a know-it-all attitude
-- forcing your convictions upon a person in crisis shuts
out God from working through you
17. Review Mr. Adams is hospitalized for a serious illness. It is night and his family has gone home. He is alone, lying in the dark, brooding over several pressing concerns. His illness does not allow him to work. He is not sure there is a cure for him. He is angry with God because God allowed this to happen. He feels guilty about his feelings about God.
18. Needs Physical--illness, out of work, hospitalization
Emotional--out of work, helplessness, dependency, brooding
Social--lonely (alone), pressing concerns?
Spiritual--angry with God, guilt about anger
19. Case study 2 Margaret is an 81 year old widow. Her husband, John, died four years ago after a terminal illness of 7 years in which Margaret was the primary care-giver. Margaret recently has had stomach/digestive issues which has caused her to leave her home less. She is able to go to church each Sunday. Part of her family lives out-of-state. As the Christmas holidays draw closer she finds herself facing depression over grief that she thought she had finished. Sometimes she now decides not to go out to lunch with friends like she used to do.
20. How can YOU care for Margaret? Physical
21. Distinctively Christian caregiving.. Christian caregivers understand that the whole person needs ministry…they recognize that
some needs are more compelling than others…but they recognize God alone is the one who takes the broken individual and makes them whole…