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Homelessness

  1. 1. HOMELESSNESSMYTHS, METHODS &BIBLICAL MANDATE
  2. 2. PASTOR REGGIE STUTZMAN• Lead Pastor/Church Planter of Real LifeChurch, Bronx, NYwww.RealLifeChurchNYC.com• 10 years at The Bowery Mission• 2 years at New York School of Urban Ministry
  3. 3. MYTHSMETHODS &BIBLICAL MANDATE
  4. 4. MYTHS• It‟s only for the ADDICT.• A job will „CURE‟ it.• It‟s a CHOICE.• „They‟ DESERVE it.
  5. 5. MYTHS•The reality is that ANYONEcan become homeless atANYTIME because of anarray of situations.
  6. 6. METHODS•HEART•ENGAGE•LEVEL
  7. 7. METHODS•Get a HEART• Seek the Lord for His heart• Matthew 5 Concept• 1 John 3:17 – “But if anyone has the world’sgoods and sees his brother in need, yet closeshis heart against him, how does God’s loveabide in him?”
  8. 8. METHODS•ENGAGE• Definition: “To occupy the attention orefforts of; to attract and hold fast”• James 1:27 – “Religion that is pure andundefiled before God, the Father, is this: tovisit orphans and widows in theiraffliction, and to keep oneself unstained fromthe world.”
  9. 9. METHODS•LEVEL• Any Level matters• Find your own level and go & engage.• Soup Kitchen, Pantry, Making yoursandwiches & toiletry bags, other agencies.• “If you can’t feed 100 people, then feedone.” – Mother Teresa
  10. 10. BIBLICAL MANDATE• “Who is MY neighbor?”• Luke 10:29-37• “YOU GO, AND DO LIKEWISE.”

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