This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on serving the poor. How can Christians transition from simply befriending and serving their immigrant neighbors to sharing the good news of the gospel with them, making disciples and planting new churches? How can churches leverage any ministry activities, such as English as a second language, citizenship and welcoming refugees, into Bible studies that result in growing communities of faith? Jonathan Derbyshire leads a discussion on the challenge to balance serving immigrants with deeds and speaking the truth of the gospel into their lives. Derbyshire offers practical ministry ideas that church leaders and members can implement in their own neighborhoods.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
The challenge that we’re facing right now in the States is we’ve got all these internationals coming, and we want to serve them. We want to find ways to get to know them, to get them into our churches. But one of the things we’re having challenges with is figuring out what’s the balance between me serving and then me giving the gospel to them. We’re actually having this same problem overseas with our missionaries. How do we get into these communities if we don’t come in doing medical missions or doing language or whatever that might be? And so now, we really wanted to provide a way for us to discuss what are some ways that we can balance this better, this idea of deeds and words? We’re going to go through some Scripture today and answer four questions: What does this tell you about God? What does this tell you about man? What should man be doing? What are some examples to follow? From your reading, the two most obvious questions come out. Should the church be showing love to the marginalized, the immigrants, the poor and helping them? Yeah, absolutely. And the other question is, should the church be reaching those same people and sharing the gospel with them? Yeah. So those two are obvious like we talked earlier, it’s obvious that we need the two, but then what are we doing to get those?
by Jonathan Derbyshire / Great Commission Partnerships / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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