Presentation on theme: "DEFENDER OF THE POOR IN HIS IMAGEIN HIS IMAGE. Deuteronomy 15:11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open- handed."— Presentation transcript:
Nazareth Manifesto ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Luke 4:18-19
Causes of poverty Disasters Disasters a) Economic depression, a) Economic depression, unemployment unemployment b) Famine, disease b) Famine, disease c) Flood, earthquake, tsunami, fire c) Flood, earthquake, tsunami, fire d) War d) War
Causes of poverty Sinful actions of others Sinful actions of others a) Oppression – Amos 4:1 a) Oppression – Amos 4:1 b) Persecution – Hebrews 10:32-34 b) Persecution – Hebrews 10:32-34 c) Unfairness in the workplace – c) Unfairness in the workplace – Jeremiah 22:13 Jeremiah 22:13 d) A deficit of love and relationships d) A deficit of love and relationships
Causes of poverty Individual’s sinful actions Individual’s sinful actions a) Addictions, greed - Proverbs 23:21 a) Addictions, greed - Proverbs 23:21 b) Laziness - Proverbs 6:6-11 b) Laziness - Proverbs 6:6-11 c) Refusing to be corrected – c) Refusing to be corrected – Proverbs 13:18 Proverbs 13:18 d) Pleasure seeking – Proverbs 21:17 d) Pleasure seeking – Proverbs 21:17
Causes of poverty Due to God’s desire to get our attention Due to God’s desire to get our attention a) God’s house was a ruin – a) God’s house was a ruin – Haggai 1:5-11 Haggai 1:5-11 b) Robbing God – Malachi 3:8-12 b) Robbing God – Malachi 3:8-12
Matthew 25:25-40 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Helping 20,000 each year with debts Teaching 10,000 a year to budget.