Some surprising finds about how much we care.
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While researching North American congregations, Jewish scholar Ram A. Cnaan learned that they are verifiably compassionate toward the needy. Cnaan, who documented his findings in The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare (New York Univ. Press, 2002), found that churches felt compelled to reach out to the needy as a means of actualizing their faith. Today, we’ll talk about the measure of our compassion.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:1-4; Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 25:34-40; Matthew 14:13-21; John 9:1-7; Mark 1:40-42; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 3:1-10; Acts 6:1-7
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Christ poured his love on the poor and identified with them.
Teaching point two: For the New Testament church, meeting needs was a high priority.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLES FROM BOOKS AND CULTURE
Counting (Helping) Hands, by Agnieszka Tennant (January/February 2003. Vol. 9. No. 1. Page 24, 5 printed pages) and How Congregations Serve, by Robert Wuthnow (January/February 2003. Vol. 9. No. 1. Page 24, 4 printed pages)
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