"The Least of These": Ministering to Those in Need

July, August, September 2019

Want to learn more about "The Least of These": Ministering to Those in Need? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 3-part series.

Lesson 1: God Created (Genesis 1-3, Proverbs 14)
Welcome to a new series of lessons about our Christian obligation of mercy to those around us. The Bible calls for more than a simple-minded approach. Deuteronomy 28 teaches that faithfulness to God brings material blessings. That suggests that those needing help might have been unfaithful to God. At the same time, the Mosaic law contains several commands about aiding those who find themselves in difficult economic circumstances. That tells us that merit might not be the test for helping. The Job story and Hebrews 11 reveal that the general rules do not always apply. This past Sabbath I listened to a sermon about Jesus' story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). I thought about this series of lessons when I heard Luke 15:16 - "no one gave [the prodigal] anything" when he was hungry. The result, in Luke 15:17, is that the prodigal "came to his senses." Would the prodigal have come home if some well-meaning person enabled his rebellion by giving him food? Let's begin our exploration about what the Bible teaches about our obligation of mercy!

Lesson 2: Blueprint for a Better World (Exodus 3, Matthew 22, Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 14, Leviticus 25)
How many times have you heard a political leader speak about how to make your country better in the future? How many times have you heard a local planner describe how to improve your local community? Our study this week suggests that if we want a better future, we need to ask God to guide us. God has set out some principles on this, so let's discover what the Bible has to teach us!

Lesson 3: Sabbath: A Day of Freedom (Exodus 16 & 20, Luke 13, Mark 2, Matthew 12)
I love the Sabbath! My life is a series of deadlines. When I'm home, I have work to do on the house and the lawn. I'll bet you know what I'm talking about. When I was a young man, the pressure cooker of law school brought the blessing of the Sabbath into clear focus. While other students were studying, I was able to have a guilt-free time to go to church, eat with friends, and read and relax. Let's plunge into our Bibles and see what other blessings we can find in the Sabbath!

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