Rick Jett, IDES - 25/05/2014
Date: May 27
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season for many of us.� It gives us time to reflect upon the sacrifice of others. For our family it is also a time to celebrate an anniversary and Dedra’s birthday. Thank you for the opportunity to get away and enjoy some time resting before the summer activities begin. I am thankful for Rick coming to share a great message with the congregation Sunday. Monday evening I took some time to listen to the message that has been posted on the website. If you have not heard the message, let me encourage you to do so. Here are five questions to help us reflect on what Rick said.
1. The message began with Rick talking about the mission of IDES. If you have not been to their website, you should check it out. Rick shared about how they are involved in helping people recovering from disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and other events. How much do you know about the work of IDES?
2. Rick mentioned that God is awesome. He said that God is concerned about the poor. Proverbs 14:31 talks about being kind to the needy. God is an advocate for the poor. What does it mean for you to be kind to the needy?
3. If we want to grow a heart of compassion for the poor we need to do three things according to Rick. The first of those three things was to open our eyes to the poor. He mentioned Proverbs 28:27 which says that we should open our eyes to the poor. When has God opened your eyes to the poor?
4. The second thing that Rick mentioned is that we need to touch the poor with practical acts of service. Through this point Rick shared several examples of how IDES has touched the lives of the poor through the years. Is there a way that God is moving you to touch people right now?
5. For the third point of growing a heart of compassion for the poor, Rick said that we need to know them. Establishing personal relationships with those we are working with is vital to seeing people as God does. Has there been a time when God helped you to know someone who was in need?
Next week we are going to start a new series of messages from the book of AMOS. The series is called INJUSTICE. You will want to be here for this important series as we look at ways to deal with the injustice we see in the world today.
Prayer update: Nancy Stallings had emergency surgery on Monday and is in Community North hospital. She is struggling with kidney function and blood pressure at last report.
I. Three things to open your heart with compassion to the poor
A. Open Our Eyes Proverbs 28:27
Go on a mission trip where you will have your eyes opened to the needs of others
B. Touch Them Proverbs 31:20
Go and Help Them!
C. Build Loving Relationships
Get to know them on a personal basis.
Conclusion: God sees us, not through our economic situations, not how much wealth we may have. He sees us as poor, wretched, sinners, deserving of hell. It is only through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, on the cross that we have the promise of salvation. All we have to do go to Him for salvation. 2 Cor. 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”