Can I make a difference for those in need?
Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Matthew 26:6-13
7 If there be with thee a poor man, one of thy brethren, within any of thy gates in thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother; 8 but thou shalt surely open thy hand unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a base thought in thy heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou give him nought; and he cry unto Jehovah against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thy heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him; because that for this thing Jehovah thy God will bless thee in all thy work, and in all that thou puttest thy hand unto. 11 For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy brother, to thy needy, and to thy poor, in thy land.
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 there came unto him a woman having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and she poured it upon his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
1. What did Jesus mean when he said the poor would always be with us?
Matt vs 10-11
Jesus did not mean that we don't need to take care of the poor. He was just saying that she did a good thing.
The bible demands that we take care of the poor.
2. It has always been God's plan for his people, not the government, to take care of the Less fortunate.
Verses that talk or show how god feel about the church taking care of the poor.
3. Our prayer: give me eyes to see that you see O Lord and a heart to respond biblically.
Find something and own it. Don't do everything. every need is not your need.
God gifted you with a heart to care ask him how he would like you to use it.
4. What are some of the needs in our church and in Riverside?
Human trafficking happing in Riverside.
5. Can I really make a Difference.
We can make a difference by just doing something. It's not doing everything but something.
6. Making a difference always comes down to a choice and if we really care.
Pray over what God wants you to get involved with.
7. Lord, with your help, I will do this One thing.
Please where you are stop and pray for what God will have you do in your city. God is giving us a mission as a church to care for the poor, and less fortunate. Thank you God for giving us a heart for your people.