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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Helping The Needy

March 19, 2006

 

Matthew 25:35-46

Introduction

Some have branded the “social gospel” the worst possible perversion of the church’s calling, suggesting that the church should be interested only in saving people’s souls, not in ministering to their earthly needs. Yet both the life and teachings of Jesus confirm that this is not the case.

I.    Jesus ministered to people’s physical and spiritual needs.

 

A.    Jesus was keenly interested in the eternal, spiritual needs of people.

 

1.    He forgave people’s sins.

(Eph 4:32 NIV)  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

(Col 2:13 NIV)  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

(Col 3:13 NIV)  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

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2.    He taught spiritual truths.

 

               (1 Cor 2:13 NIV)  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

 

3.        He condemned evil.

 

              (Rom 8:3 NIV)  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man

4.    He called people to godly living.

 

            (1 Th 1:9 NIV) for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 

 

5.    He died on the cross to save us.

 

           (2 Cor 5:15 NIV)  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 

           (1 Th 5:10 NIV)  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 

 

 

B.    But Jesus also ministered to the temporal, physical needs of people.

 

1.    He fed the hungry.

 

        (Mat 25:35 NIV)  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

 

2.    He healed the sick.

 

        (Mat 10:8 NIV)  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

 

3.        He encouraged the struggling.

 

(Mat 5:29 NIV)  If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 

(Mat 5:30 NIV)  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 

 

4.        He raised the dead.

 

       (John 11:17 NIV)  On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

      (John 11:43 NIV)  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

 

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