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What the Bible Says about Giving and Outreach -- Week 1
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What the Bible Says about Giving and Outreach--Week 1,


James 2:26

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.


Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the widow.


 God does not does not leave things unfinished (Philippians 1:6). When He does something spiritually, it has fruit in the physical world as well. Being made in God's image, our faith functions similarly.


James gives us the principle: No action = Dead faith. The Isaiah verse shows an example of action, the physical evidence of one's faith to the rest of the world (Matt 5:16).


Ever notice that Jesus did ministry like this? First, He would meet a physical need, something immediate like healing a sickness or feeding hungry people. This was evidence of both His powerful faith and His sincere Love. It also got everyone's attention. This made His teachings a lot easier to absorb: people knew that He meant what he was saying, plus all the physical distractions were removed. (It's hard to ignore pain, whether from disease or from hunger.)

So, if we are to follow the example of Christ's ministry, then outreach programs make sense. By meeting a physical need, we open the door to deal with the greater underlying spiritual needs. But giving money is only the beginning. Jesus got his hands dirty and associated with unlikable people (smelly fisherman, corrupt tax-collectors, prostitutes, the poor, and the diseased!). Maybe it's time we did the same.


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