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Poverty A Personal response…. Poverty A Personal response… Psalm 82:3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

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1 Poverty A Personal response…

2 Poverty A Personal response… Psalm 82:3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

3 Poverty A Personal response… Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done

4 Poverty A Personal response… Proverbs 28:27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

5 Poverty A Personal response… Acts 9:36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.

6 Poverty A Personal response… Galatians 2:10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.

7 Poverty A Personal response… How does this work out in practice?

8 Poverty A Personal response… Deuteronomy 24:14+15 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your town. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

9 Poverty A Personal response… Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God.

10 Poverty A Personal response… Proverbs 21:13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

11 Poverty A Personal response… Zechariah 7:10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.

12 Poverty A Personal response… Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God.

13 Poverty A Personal response… How does this work out in practice?

14 Poverty A Social response…

15 Poverty A Social response… Elizabeth Fry 1780 –1845 William Wilberforce Sir John Laing 1879–1978

16 Poverty A Social response… Exodus 23:6 Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

17 Poverty A Social response… Leviticus 19:15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great, but judge your neighbour fairly..

18 Poverty A Social response… Proverbs 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

19 Poverty A Social response… Amos 5:12 For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.

20 Poverty A Social response… How does this work out in practice?

21 Wealth The Challenges… Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.

22 Wealth The Challenges… Matthew 13:22 And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and the temptation of wealth stop that teaching from growing.

23 Wealth The Challenges… Mark 10:21-22 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

24 Wealth The Challenges… 1 Timothy 6:17 Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life. The Message

25 Wealth The Challenges… How does this work out in practice?

26 Wealth The Challenges… Become poor?

27 Wealth The Challenges… Become poor? Mark 10:21-22 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

28 Wealth The Challenges… Become poor? 2 Corinthians 8:9 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

29 Wealth The Challenges… Become poor? Acts 2 vs 44 and 45 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”

30 Wealth The Challenges… Become poor? Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” Acts 5 vs 3+4

31 Wealth The Challenges… Stay Rich?

32 Wealth The Challenges… Stay Rich? Timothy 6 vs 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

33 Wealth The Challenges… Be Generous and Content. 1 Timothy 6 vs 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

34 Wealth The Challenges… Be Generous and Content. 1Timothy 6 vs Command those who are rich in this present world to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

35 Poverty and Wealth Proverbs 30:8-9 Keep me from lying and being dishonest. And don’t make me either rich or poor; just give me enough food for each day. If I have too much, I might reject you and say, ‘I don’t know the Lord. If I am poor, I might steal and disgrace the name of my God.


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