Should Christians Give to the Homeless?

Episode 573 Show Notes 

From the Show

Too often we think that the blessings we have are primarily the result of our hard work instead of God’s mercy. Everything you have could be gone in a moment. Isn’t that something that 2020 has taught us? There are tragedies all around us. Too often we have this, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” mentality that causes us not to be compassionate to those who are in need. Instead, our hearts and our hands should be open to those who are in need.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I have heard that in prayer we can be totally honest with God, even cry and yell and demand for help when we need it. I recently have seen videos of prosperity preachers screaming in prayer and demanding things of God that seem strange. So how should we model ourselves in prayer?

2. What does Hebrews 12 mean when it says that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”? Who are these witnesses, angels, believers who have died, or something else?

3. Philippians 2:4 says that I should put the needs of others ahead of my own. Matthew 5:40 says that if someone asks me for my shirt, I should give them my coat also. So, if someone approaches me with a need and I have the resources to help I almost always help them. I do, however, have Christian friends who criticize me because they think I’m letting other people take advantage of me. Are they right?

4.  Since Muslims actually admit that Jesus is an anointed messenger and messiah, and in light of Matt. 10:32, where Jesus says that, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,” do Christians do well to condemn Muslims just because they do not confess the Christ of the creeds?

Resources

The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic

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