Prayer and Mercy MinistryThrough prayer and acts of mercy we seek to alleviate physical and emotional needs of individuals (inside and outside of the church)
Here are some resources we have assembled to help those interested in a Prayer and Mercy Ministry!
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The Bible Defines “Good Works”
(From Good News Magazine, October 1976)
Feeding The Hungry
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink… ” (Matt. 25:35).
“Happy is he… who gives food to the hungry” (Ps. 146:5-7).
“He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor” (Prov. 22:9).
“For the fool speaks folly, and his mind plots iniquity; to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink” (Isa. 32:6).
“If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right — if he does not… oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment… he is righteous, he shall surely live, says the Lord God” (Ezek. 18:5-9).
“And the multitudes asked him, ‘What then shall we do?’ And he answered them, ‘He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise'” (Luke 3:10-11).
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matt. 25:35).
“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares ” (Heb. 13:1-2).
“And if your brother becomes poor, and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall maintain him; as a stranger and a sojourner he shall live with you” (Lev. 25:35). “Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers, who have testified to your love before the church” (III John 5-6).
“Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality” (Rom. 12:13).
“He said also to the man who had invited him, ‘When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just'” (Luke 14:12-14).
“Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another” (I Pet. 4:9).
Visiting The Afflicted
“I was sick and you visited me, was in prison and you came to me” (Matt. 25:36).
“For the Lord hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds” (Ps. 69:33).
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them…” (Heb. 13:3).
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).
Sharing, Giving, Charitable Works
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Heb. 13:16).
“One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. A liberal man will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Prov. 11:24-25).
“If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be” (Deut. 15:7-8).
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38).
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:17-18).
“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever'” (II Cor. 9:6-9).
“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; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Rom. 12:6-8).
“I was naked and you clothed me” (Matt. 25:36). “Is not this the fast that I choose…. when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” (Isa. 58:6-7.)
“But if this man begets a son who sees all the sins which his father has done, and fears, and does not do likewise… but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment” (Ezek. 18:14-16).
Preaching The Gospel
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18).
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isa. 52:7.)