Are we missing out on the Gospel? God’s heart for the poor.

DSpickardMy church, Christ the King Presbyterian, in Raleigh is going through a series entitled FOMO – Fear of Missing Out – as we wrestle with God’s heart for justice and the poor.  There’s a feeling inside of all of us where we think we’re missing out on some experience we should be having in our lives – experiences and things we believe we need to be fulfilled.

As we have gone through this series, we’ve realized the Lord has specific promises for those who fight for justice and care for the poor – things like purpose, healing, wholeness, assurance, riches, and joy.  What can be better than that?  And so, we’ve been asking ourselves the question, “Are we missing out on the promises set aside for those who fight for justice?”  Have we missed a core aspect of who God is and therefore a core aspect of who we should be as His followers?

the-gospel-and-the-poorChallenging stuff.  Well, our pastor asked me to take one of the weeks and preach through the story of the Samaritan – a parable familiar to many of us whether we are a part of a church or not.  In my preparation, I realized that God’s call to justice and care for the poor involved something that could not be more central to the Christian faith – the Gospel.  So as we walked through the unique details of the story and the lessons learned, we did so asking ourselves the question, “Are we missing out on the Gospel?”

Maybe so.  Click here to find out.  http://www.ctkraleigh.org/mediafiles/missing-out-on-the-gospel.mp3

the-fonzBy the way, somehow “The Fonz” from Happy Days made it in the sermon. Believe it or not, he and the expert in the Law have something in common.

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