Motivation for Mercy

Looks like I forgot to post these way back when.

A few last Keller quotes on motivation for mercy ministry.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

ministriesmercy“Many true Christians do not evidence the social concern that Bible says is a mark of real faith. How do we explain that? Though it may not be in evidence, a heart for the poor sleeps in all Christians until someone preaches grace in connection with the ministry of mercy. This “pushes a button” deep in our soul, and we begin to wake up.”

“The ministry of mercy is costly. The man who says “I gave at the office” has a tokenism mentality that is not the Christian spirit of mercy. The Bible repeatedly tells us that it is not enough simply to give to the poor. We must give bountifully.”

“God requires not only a significant expenditure of our substance on the needy. We are obligated to spend our hearts and minds as well.”

“A truly evangelistic church will dispense diaconal aid to non-Christians with boldness, as freely as it spreads the gospel itself.”

“In the best churches, most of the mercy ministry is not done through official programs or by the officers. Rather, sensitive individuals watch for needs and meet them out of their own schedules, out of their own pockets, and out of their own hearts.”

–Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing), p 65, 67, 68, 102, 126

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~ by toddbumgarner on April 14, 2009 12:51 pm.

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