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When Helping Hurts 1a: The Small Group Experience

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When Helping Hurts 1a: The Small Group Experience

  1. 1. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty An Online Video-Based Study on Alleviating Poverty By Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert Heritage Presbyterian Church Adult Sunday School Winter/Spring 2020
  2. 2. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 2 Produced by The Chalmers Center at Covenant College • Authors • Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center at Covenant College and an assistant professor in the department of economics and community development at CC • Brian Fikkert is a professor of economics at CC and the founder and president of the Chalmers Center at CC • Class outline, discussion questions, videos, and other resources derived from When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience
  3. 3. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 3 Over the past two decades, we have seen an enormous increase in the North American church’s efforts to help the poor. We are incredibly excited about this development, but we are also concerned because we see this reenergized church doing many harmful things. Good intentions are not enough; it is possible to hurt poor people in the very process of trying to help them. The goal of this series is to equip the North American church with a ministry framework that restores the poor to fulfilling their God-given callings and potential.
  4. 4. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 4 • Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty • Session 1b: Going Deeper • Session 2a: Seeing God at Work • Session 2b: Going Deeper • Session 3a: Understanding Why Good Intentions Are Not Enough • Session 3b: Going Deeper • Session 4a: Joining God’s Work • Session 4b: Going Deeper • Session 5a: Fostering Change • Session 5b: Going Deeper • Session 6a: Moving Forward • Session 6b: Going Deeper
  5. 5. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 5 Coauthor with Brian Fikkert of: • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself • Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions • Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence • From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance Steve Corbett
  6. 6. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 6 Coauthor with Steve Corbett of: • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself • Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions • Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence • From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance Dr. Brian Fikkert
  7. 7. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 7 • What is poverty? List the first 5-10 words or phrases that come to your mind when you think of poverty. • List the first 5 areas (e.g., of your city, community, the world) that come to mind when you think of poverty.
  8. 8. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 8 • The average North American enjoys a standard of living that has been unimaginable for most of history. Meanwhile, 40% of earth’s inhabitants eke out an existence on less than $2.00/day. Indeed, the economic and social disparity between the haves and have-nots is on the rise both within North America and between NA and much of the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America). • If you are a North American Christian, the reality of our society’s vast wealth presents you with an enormous responsibility, for throughout the Scriptures God’s people are commanded to show compassion to the poor. In fact, doing so is simply part of our job description as followers of Jesus Christ.
  9. 9. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 9 • Matthew 25:31-40 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
  10. 10. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 10 • Matthew 25:41-46 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' 45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” • 1 John 3:16-18 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 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? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
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  12. 12. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 12 1. Did the words the materially poor used to describe poverty in the video differ from the words you listed in the opening questions? If so, what words and differences did you find most surprising? 2. The brokenness of the four relationships illustrated in the next slide can lead to behaviors and circumstances that contribute to poverty. Consider the story of a friend or family member who is poor. Where do you see evidence of the four broken relationships in his/her life? Can you see ways that this brokenness has led to his/her poverty? • Broken Relationships with God, Self, Others, and the Rest of Creation
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  14. 14. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 14 3. How might thinking about this person’s poverty in terms of these broken relationships change the way you interact with him/her? Are there new ways you could show the love and healing work of Christ to this person or family in each of the broken relationships?
  15. 15. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 15 “Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” ~ Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor
  16. 16. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 16 • Poverty is the result of broken relationships. But as we will explore in the rest of this series, broken relationships can be restored by the work of Christ. He came to make all things new, breaking the hold of sin and death “far as the curse is found.” He came to show us that we can have a relationship with our Father, that we have dignity as creatures made in God’s image, that we are to love one another in nourishing community, and that we have the privilege of stewarding the rest of creation. The fall has marred what God intended for us at creation, but the work of Christ offers hope that what is broken, both inside of us and around us, will be repaired. His victory over sin and death is certain, and his healing power is our comfort and peace. Let’s walk together as we explore what God’s reconciling work in this world looks like, and how we can effectively partner with him in ministering to people who are poor.
  17. 17. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 17 • Human beings are fundamentally wired to experience these four relationships: with God, ourselves, others, and the rest of creation. It’s not all arbitrary, it’s not all up for grabs. When we experience these relationships in the way that God intended them, we experience humanness in the way God intended. • Spend time this week praying that God would open your eyes to the beauty and potential around you, including in the lives of people who are poor. Pray that he would help you to break free of a material understanding of poverty, leading you to love and serve these people in ways that point them back to his original design for their lives.
  18. 18. Session 1a: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 18 • The Root of Poverty • Broken Relationships and Material Poverty • Worldview Matters

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