SERMON NOTE: Remember The Poor

By Mr Alvin Lim (Malaysian Care)

Galatians 2:9-10

“James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.

http://bible.us/111/gal.2.9-10.niv

We / The Church always pray for country, church family, ministries.. but NOT the poor

Acts 2:44-45

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”

http://bible.us/111/act.2.44-45.niv

Love is the foundation 

Engage in helping the poor

Release and freedom for the poor 

 

Churches in Macedonia were poor but gave / share generously 

How do we identify the poor?

Luke 4:18

““The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”

http://bible.us/111/luk.4.18.niv

·  Economically-lack the basic needs

·  Marginalised-displaced or ignored 

·  Disabled-physical, mental & health 

·  Addiction-substance abuse

Causes of the poor

·  Sinful nature of oneself/ others

·  Natural disasters 

·  God's judgment (Acts 5:1-10)

http://bible.us/111/act.5.1-10.niv

·  Voluntary Choice 

Those who voluntarily became poor to honor GOD n help the poor or for GOD'S good course.

GRC-Gambling Rehabilitation Centre 

 

Provision for the poor

·  OT-Moses & Solomon

·  NT-Jesus & Apostles

In Deuteronomy-GOD asked to be careful of our attitude towards the poor 

Be merciful to the poor 

Righteousness and Holiness is marked by your attitude towards the poor 

Lent without expecting return 

Timothy 6:16-17