Ed Nalle teaches from Deuteronomy 15 and Luke 10 on how the grace of God enables ministry to the poor and oppressed. While it is true that man’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God, it is impossible to read the Bible faithfully and ignore ministry to the poor.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- Read and discuss Deuteronomy 15:7-11. What does this tell you about the character of God? Of man?
- What experience to you have with "open[ing] wide your hand to your brother, to the needy, and to the poor, in your land"? Does your compassion in this area increase?
- Read and discuss Luke 10:25-37. What does this tell you about the nature of man? What does it say about the person of Christ?
- Do you ever find yourself attempting to narrow God's commands to something more managable, as the lawyer in Luke 10:29 attempts to do? In regards to caring for the poor, who is your neighbor?
- How does God's grace enable us to accomplish His command to care for the poor & oppressed? How has this been modeled by Jesus?
- What would it look like in your life to "open wide your hand" in a sacrificial way to those in need around you?