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Archive for September, 2013

Mercy Ministry - Embrace the Mess!

Mercy ministry involves getting involved in people's lives, often in very messy situations. It can be exasperating and difficult... And it could be considered one of the purest representations of the gospel there is.

Someone comes alongside a person in need, oftentimes in a terrible state, offers help or resources that they do not have access to (or technically deserve) to help them with their current dilemma and loves on them beyond anything that they deserve. Sometimes the person helping can even offer training or skills to help that person get out of their mess.

Does that sound familiar at all? What a great picture of the gospel! God finds us in a self-inflicted mess caused by our sin, out of love offers us hope and a real solution through Jesus Christ, and gives us the resources through the Holy Spirit to change.

As Ephesians 2:4 so well puts it, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” (NKJV)

Mercy Ministry - Embrace the MessPerhaps it’s another aspect of God’s mercy that He, who found sinners like us, in much the same state, uses us as instruments of His grace to others in need? How cool is that?

So, if you’re handy (even if it’s just cleaning an elderly person’s or single mother’s yard), a home repair ministry is a great way to exhibit and share God’s mercy. A nice side benefit of a home repair ministry is that it’s not terribly likely to cause someone to become dependent and create another “messy cycle” (for reasons mentioned in our blog, Avoiding the Dependency Trap). If you have some handyman skills but are not sure where or how to start your own ministry, please sign up for our resource library. We can help you.

Handy Man and Woman, God Wants to Use You!

Romans 12:6-8 tells us that, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

Theologian John Wesley had a quote with a similar message, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Both Paul and John Wesley are encouraging the same thing – for every follower of Christ to serve and to use the gifts and abilities the Lord has bestowed on them. What an encouragement to those of us without the “sexy” spiritual gifts. I think that some people get discouraged because they don’t teach, can’t sing and aren’t good with kids.

Working on a ProjectWell, if you are a handyman (or woman), God has some great news for you! You have gifts to use in service of the Kingdom and low-income and struggling homeowners. What a difference you can make for single mothers, widows, the elderly and disabled without the means or abilities to make needed repairs or accessibility upgrades! Your ability to build and repair things can be a way for you to show Christ’s love to a member of the Body of Christ, and also to members of the community (along with the chance to show and share the gospel). Our ministry, home repair, in particular, provides a unique opportunity – the chance to engage with the homeowner at their invitation on their own turf.

Not sure how to get started or how to look for projects? Well, if you live in Atlanta, you can join us on a project! Even if you consider yourself unskilled, we can use you. Also, our ministry, Home Repairs Ministries, exists, among other reasons, to help churches start home repair teams so that they can get more projects and serve more people. Check out the ministry resource library, and let’s use the gifts God has given us, together, in service of Jesus the Savior!

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