Remember the Poor

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Paul Harrison
Bible verse: 
Galatians 2:10

On Sunday, we continued our series on Galatians by looking at Galatians 2:10 – “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”  We asked the question, why was it remembering the poor that was so important to the Apostles and not something else?  We looked at how caring for the poor is right at the heart of who God is, revealed through the Law of God (see Deuteronomy 15 & Leviticus 25), through the prophets (see Amos 8), through Jesus’ life (Matthew 6:1-4 & Matthew 25:31-46) and into the Church by the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:32-37, James 1:27, 1 John 3:16-17), therefore it isn’t just a nice thing to do or something ‘the church’ should do, but rather something for all of us as we live out being the people of God.
I then gave us some principles and some practical ways we can live this out in Coventry which I’ve listed at the bottom.

For discussion: 

Here are some questions to help discussions in your small groups this week, feel free to use some or all of them or to think of some yourselves:

  1. What spoke to you / encouraged you / challenged you from Sunday’s sermon?
  2. How do Deuteronomy 15 and Leviticus 25 challenge the way we view our finances and possessions?
  3. What can you as a small group or community group do to care for the poor together?

Some practical ways we can live out caring for the poor in Coventry:

I also mentioned a book by Tim Keller called "Generous Justice", which you may like to read, though it comes with a health warning!