03.17.2019 | “Jesus Wept | Week 2: Hunger & Poverty”

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Breaking Ground

What do you think it means to be poor? Have you ever experienced it?


The Dig

Jesus’ emphasis on helping the poor is not simply some new idea that he has. It is (a) thoroughly Jewish, and therefore, (b) what God consistently wants for his people.

Read Leviticus 19:9-10.

In one of the earliest descriptions of worship, God seamlessly connects rituals of worship (read: Sundays) with providing food for the “poor and the immigrant.”

Read Deuteronomy 10:16-19

Moses tells the people here to care for the marginalized and outsiders among them: how does he define them?

What might the modern versions of these people be?

What is the reason that God (through Moses) gives for caring for outsiders and marginalized?

Read Galatians 2:9-10

In the New Testament (after Jesus’ teaching), Paul notes how the early church leaders encouraged him in his work, and asked him to pay attention to just a couple things.

What were they?

Do you agree that the Bible consistently encourages God’s people to care for the poor? Why or why not?

What is the relationship for HOW WELL we care for the poor and God’s reputation in the world?

Do you think the church in our community is known for feeding the hungry?

What can we do to be known more for feeding the hungry?

What would it mean for you to “turn away” from ignoring hunger in your neighborhood or community?


Getting Out of the Hole

Review the “response cards” for the week. Pray the prayer and meditate on the words, Explore the topic, and choose a way to Act on your response.


Additional Resources:

The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill

The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel
* Also see the “Explore” section of this week’s response.


Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, March 24: Our Lent sermon series for Lent, continues with: creation.
* Please see mye3.org for details.