Where Mercy Ministry Fits into the Church
When it comes to mercy ministry in the church, both the programmed and the organic approaches have their limitations. Here is a third way.
Churches know they are responsible for word ministry. But are they responsible for deed ministry? How do word and deed ministry relate?
It’s easy (and biblical) to insist that Christians should “do something about the poor.” But how can we sort out whom we should help, and how much?
Here are five ways mercy ministry serves and supports a church’s gospel proclamation.
Theological nuance is important, but it should never mask disobedience.
How can you talk to someone with whom you seem to have nothing in common? By seeing their life and yours through the lens of the Bible’s grand narrative.
If a mercy ministry in your church grows to the point where it needs some real structure, consider making it an “integrated auxiliary.”
If you want your church to help poor people, decide how you are going to help, find people to serve, and tell them about Jesus as you do.
This is the story of one urban church’s efforts to serve its community through both mercy and pointing to the source of mercy.
Here’s how the Summit Church learned to love their neighbors, and what that did for their witness to their community.
Should Christians pass off victims of sexual trafficking to non-Christian counselors? Send them to someone else’s church? What? What should pastors know about this world and what can they do?
Book Review: Ministry by His Grace and for His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, ed. by Thomas Ascol and Nathan FinnReview by Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012
Tom Nettles deserves to be commended for his faithfulness to the gospel and his commitment to excellence in academic and pastoral ministry.
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