Theme of the Week: Faith and Hope in Action
Bible Verse: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
This week we have been studying what it means to put our faith into action, and give the voiceless a voice. We know that God desires to use His people to see his Kingdom impact those around us. Here are the main points from this past week of devotionals :
We Are God’s Plan to Help the Hurting
We defend the defenseless not because it’s easy, fun, or popular. Instead, we do it because we have been brought from darkness into light by the lavish grace of God the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Moved Into the Neighborhood
As people who have been sent to testify about Jesus, let’s “dwell” with people. Jesus was not – and is not – distant from us. We aren’t faceless, nameless people to Jesus. As we extend Jesus’ love in tangible ways, let’s “move into the neighborhood” and do life with people.
A Definition That Transcends Culture
“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously” (Micah 6:8, MESSAGE).
Transformation Through Serving
Anytime we invest in someone other than ourselves, we take a submissive posture. From this place of submission, God begins our metamorphosis into his image. In this context, we begin to realize how much we are in need of relationship with others.
Loving and Honoring the Elderly
The principle is to ensure that our own aging parents are loved and cared for with honor and dignity. As church families, we must ensure that seniors’ needs in our community are being met, not just physically, but socially and relationally as well.
From 40 Days of Hope and Faith in Action. Used with permission.
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