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Outline- Christian Caregiving 2- Listening

Outline- Christian Caregiving 2- Listening ·Listening as a Christian Caregiver. ·Listening is a constant theme in the Bible. (Prov 17:27-28; Psalm 81; James 1:19, 26; 3:5-7, Mark 4:9). ·So who are we listening to? oIn the Bible, listening to God (revealed word in Scripture or through the prophets). § We want to learn to listen to God in prayer, through Scripture, as well as other ways. (see “Hearing God” by Dallas Willard) oIt also speaks about listening to teachers ogeneral listening. (Proverbs 18:13) ·Hearing people in pain- oWe learn to listen to God in the midst of listening to someone who is in pain. oThe disciplines that make us better listeners of God will also makes us better listeners of others. (contemplative prayer, or the discipline of silence) ·Caring for people in their pain is a holy place. Jesus says when we care for people in their needs that we have done it for him (Matt 25). There is a mysterious encounter with God when we enter into a person’s pain. ·Remember the mystery…

Outline- Christian Caregiving 1- Human Health as Christ-likeness

Outline- Christian Caregiving 1- Human Health as Christ-likeness ·All Christians are called to be caregivers, though some will have a special gift for it (Rom 12:5-6). ·Hindrances to caring: oNot feeling like an “expert” (psychologist/psychiatrist/counselor). oNot having a “quick fix”. oThe community should be the normal place for healing (while calling on the help of “experts” if necessary). We are not “experts” and we do not have “quick fixes”. We are people willing to sit in the uncomfortable mess with people and call on God in hope. ·What is a healthy human being? oWe are not healthy by just ‘not having a problem’. Just pulling weeds makes a patch of dirt, not a garden.  oWe try to be ‘health-centered’, rather than ‘problem-centered’. oHealth looks like a human being continuously being shaped into the image of Christ. This means being his disciples/apprentices to learn his ways and character. We call on him to be Lord of our lives- Trusting him to know what is best for us. This is to …

Chrstian Caregiving 2- Listening

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Prov 17:27-28; Ps 81; James 1:19-27; Mark 4:1-9

Today we are continuing our sermon series on Christian Caregiving. We started with the assumption that we are all called to be Christian Caregivers and that some have a particular gift for it. Last time we highlighted God’s image of a healthy human being, which is a human being that is growing in Christ-likeness. We also said that this image of health is what we should keep in mind as we care for someone, because we want to have the same goal as God does for the person. If we recognize that God has a bigger goal for us, then we have to put our immediate discomfort into that broader picture and recognize that there might be a way that we can use our suffering towards that end. As we help people we can also feel free from the pressure to provide the person a ‘quick fix’ for their problem because ultimately it is God’s healing that is needed. We can also feel free from the need to be an expert because if a healthy person looks like Jesus the…

Christian Caregiving 1- vision of human health

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Gen 2:5-9, 15-25; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:19, 5:16-26; Matt 5:13-16

In the letter to the Romans St. Paul says, “we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” (Rom 12:5-6). Paul gives examples of the different kinds of gifts the Holy Spirit gives- prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, and acts of mercy. More examples are given in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 12)- apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, healing, helping, administration, tongues, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, discernment, and interpretation of tongues. I don’t think Paul was trying to give an exhaustive list here, but he was giving examples of the kinds of gifts given to Christians. God gives gifts to the Church so that the church will be strengthened in her mission in the world. Paul says these gifts are given for the common good (1 Cor 12:7).

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