If we look throughout the scriptures, Jesus has a lot to say about ministering to the poor!
I read recently of a college student that went with a group to the inner city to minister to the homeless for a weekend. They were instructed to bring very little with them for the duration of their trip. This story reminded me of what Jesus told his disciples when they choose to follow Him.
“He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.” Mark 6:8
While the reason for the limited supplies for the disciples and for the college students may have been different, the fact is that they traveled lightly to do ministry.
The college student ended up giving his very costly tennis shoes to a homeless man and taking the worn penny loafers of the man in exchange.
“God’s blessing was not to be held hostage or hoarded but shared with others.” Eric Bryant
In the early days of Christ’s ministry he shared in Nazareth that His blessings were for those inside and outside of that city. He shared the example of God blessing Naaman, the Syrian. The crowd became angry, pointing fingers and yelling at Jesus. As a result, Jesus found himself at the edge of a cliff, his life endangered by those around Him.
“But he (Jesus) walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” Luke 4:30
He did not allow the pressure of the crowd to offset his plan to help others in need. From the beginning of His ministry, Jesus knew the importance of ministering to the broken, the disabled, the forgotten, the oppressed, and the poor.
Let us follow Jesus’ example
LifePoint Ministries (IPHC) is a network of churches and ministers that has a passion for the needy. Benevolence funds, clothing banks, food banks, and shelters for the homeless are all part of the DNA of who we are as a ministry. Relationally, you are making a difference in the lives of the poor.
While this is one of many characteristics of LifePoint Ministries, “this is us”. This is who we are in Christ. A church that has a passion for the needy!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.