That's real or I'm outta' here!

John Mugabi:  One of the Ministries I would like to report on is the Food Program.  It has a lot of life in it and it has drawn so many to Christ.  They come to eat physical food, but end up eating the Spiritual food as well.

Thank you so much for all this.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Cor 9:12-13

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John Piper shared the following in a recent sermon:

Listen to this simple word from Acts 4:34–There was not a needy person among them.”  That doesn’t mean they were all rich.  In fact, Paul was raising money because there was so much poverty in Jerusalem.  It means that when one was struck, everybody pitched in.  Folks, that’s not a 2000 year old idea.  That’s real or I’m out of here!  You don’t have some Christians in need, while others have plenty.  (2 Cor 8:13-15) That’s what the church is!

Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Ephesians 5:23

The church is global…it’s the body of Christ.  There is only ONE body and ONE church!

This is what part of Christ’s body looks like!

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Revolution in World Missions

pg. 83  Why do you think God has allowed you to be born in North America…and to be blessed with such material abundance?  In light of the superabundance you enjoy here, what do you think is your minimal responsibility to the untold millions of lost and suffering in the Two-Thirds World?

While much of the world is concerned mainly about where its next meal is coming from, affluent North Americans spend most of their wages and waking moments planning unnecessary purchases.

pg. 85,86  Throughout Scripture, we see only one correct response to abundance: sharing.  God desires equity between His people on a worldwide basis. That is why the early church had no poverty.

The Bible advocates and demands that we show love for the needy brethren.  Right now, because of historical and economic factors that none of us can control, the needy brethren are in Asia (and Africa and other nations).  The wealthy brethren are in the U.S., Canada and a few other nations.  The conclusion is obvious:  These affluent believers must share with the poorer (congregations).

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