The Church's Purpose to Love People Is Expressed Through Benevolence

Participating in God's Work of Meeting People's Needs

What greater motivation do we need to engage in benevolent ministry? We see it modeled for us in the Old Testament, by the Early New Testament church, and by Jesus Himself.

The Priority of Benevolence:

The Program for Benevolence:

  • voluntary not compulsory (2 Cor. 8:3-4)
  • priority to household of faith (Gal. 6:10; 1 Jn. 3:17)
  • justice (equality) not mere charity (Prov. 29:7; 31:8-9; 2 Cor. 8:13-15)
  • inter-church assistance as well as inner-church (2 Cor. 8:1-4; 9:12-15)

The Process for Benevolence:

The Product of Benevolence:

The Church Purpose Ministry Manual provides some additional input and questions for you to reflect on regarding the priority, program, process, and end result (product) of benevolence in your church.

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