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Christian Social Ministry I: Theology
 

Christian Social Ministry I: Theology

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Simple look at social ministry within the context of evangelical theology.

Simple look at social ministry within the context of evangelical theology.

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    Christian Social Ministry I: Theology Christian Social Ministry I: Theology Presentation Transcript

    • Theology of Social Ministry By Bob Munson, ThDBukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.bukallife.org
    • There are Several Issues Why do Social Ministry? (Biblical) Attitudes About Social Ministry? Holism Versus Dualism Biblical Example of Community Development
    • Why do Social Ministry? (Biblical)Reason 1: “Love thy Neighbor”Read: Luke 10:27 and the Parable of the Good Shepherd. Also James 2:15-16What are some ways to show love to one’s neighbor?
    • Why do Social Ministry? (Biblical)Reason 2: “Love God”Read: Luke 10:27 and Matthew 25:34-What are some ways to show love to God?
    • Why do Social Ministry? (Biblical)Reason 3: Great CommissionRead: John 20:21 and Luke 4:18-19If we are to be sent as Jesus was sent, how was Jesus sent?
    • Why do Social Ministry?It would be incorrect to say that the Bible is the only reason for doing social ministry.After all, social injustice and suffering are certainly valid reasons for doing social ministry.Likewise, while we may be “citizens of heaven,” that does not negate our role and responsibility as “good citizens of earth.”
    • Why do Social Ministry? (Biblical)SUMMARYCaring for people in need is commanded by God, and is being part of God’s mission on earth.One does not need to justify doing social ministry. God already has blessed it.
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry?#1 Spiritualist (Avoidance)Our job is to proclaim the word of God and lead people to Christ. That’s it.Ignores the social side of the Gospel
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry?#2 Social GospelDoing good for people IS essentially the full extent of God’s command for us.Ignores spiritual side of the Gospel
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry? #3 Convenience Since we are evangelizing and discipling, why not do some social work at the same time. No harm in it, as long as it doesn’t get in the way. Deemphasizes the social side of the Gospel
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry? #4 Ulterior Motive We want to share the gospel. So to get people to listen, we will do some nice things. This is a common viewpoint among Evangelical Christians.
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry? #4 Ulterior Motive (Continued) But the command and gospel of God includes both spiritual and social aspects. The problem with this view is that it leads to using trickery to evangelize. Also leads to sloppy and disreputable behavior.
    • What are some attitudes about Social Ministry? #5 Holism We don’t separate between physical, spiritual, mental, economic, and social. Sees the Gospel as providing eternal bliss, and the arrival of some aspects of the Kingdom of God now.
    • Another way of looking at it.----------------------------------------------------------------------Material SpiritualSocial Gospel AvoidanceLiberation Theology Convenience Ulterior Motive Holistic
    • Holism Versus DualismWhat is Dualism? Dualism sees there being a major separation between the two different parts of life. -Physical Versus Spiritual -Sacred Versus Secular (Separatism) -Belief Versus Behavior (Hypocrisy)
    • Holism Versus DualismHolism seeks to recognize the Kingdom of God as applying to: -The whole person -The whole community -The whole world
    • Holism Versus DualismHolism is consistent with the concept of: God’s plan for Creation  Genesis 1 <God’s original plan>  Isaiah 65: 17-25 <God’s plan for the future>  Rev. 21:1-4, 22-26; 22:1-5 Great Commandment Jesus’ call to be salt and light to the world. Jesus call to the Kingdom of God.
    • Biblical Example Of Community DevelopmentThe Book of Nehemiah can be read as a case study of Holistic Community Development.This is a good model for us.
    • Biblical Example Of Community DevelopmentNehemiah: Discovered a felt need Prayed and planned. Analyzed internal and external resources. What were his “internal resources”. (No time, No money, No authority) (Had knowledge, Had connections, Had God) Expressed Vision, Competence, and Trustworthiness to others to partner with him, getting time, money, and authority.
    • Biblical Example Of Community DevelopmentNehemiah: Started with felt needs (Wall) and then started going to actual needs (moral, social). Started with easy things (Wall, usury), and moved to difficult things (societal transformation). Started with things that required little partnership and worked toward things that required much partnership.
    • Concluding Thoughts Because of the spectre of “the Social Gospel” many Evangelicals have downplayed social ministry. Christians would benefit from a balanced assessment of the Biblical understanding of social ministry within the context of the church Missions/ministry theology (and pretty much all forms of Practical theology) is fairly poorly developed. It is hoped by the writer that the future brings a better theological foundation for ministry.
    • Theology of Social Ministry By Bob Munson, ThDBukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.bukallife.org