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Active Helping

Formation, Community, and Mission  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  32:43
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Key to community is allowing God to interrupt our lives with the needs of our brothers and sisters.

Notes & Transcripts
 2017-10-22 1 Active helping Formation, Community and Mission 2 What is community, anyway? 1 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together : Careful listening Active helping Patient bearing Wise speaking 3 The parable of the Good Samaritan 1 Keys to impact Jews hated Samaritans (2Ki 17:24-41; Neh 4 + Ez 4; Jn 4) The priest and Levite wanted to avoid becoming ritually unclean through contact with a dead body (Lev 24:11, Num 19:11) The usual hero in these threefold stories were Pharisees (who were His audience) 4 The ministry of helping 1 Stand ready for God to interrupt you with small needs of others Do not despise God’s “crooked yet straight path” The old monastic vow of obedience has been replaced by such voluntary acts of service You can only proclaim God’s love if you serve in this way 5 How to help 1 Be available and interruptible You’ll need margin for this Be willing to do what you don’t like Ask if/how you can help Anticipate unspoken needs Find someone who can better assist Don’t be afraid of helping someone you don’t know well Have boundaries, but don’t let a fear of being taken advantage of stop you Ungenerosity is a greater risk 1
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