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When Helping Hurts 1b: The Small Group Experience

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When Helping Hurts 1b: The Small Group Experience

  1. 1. Session 1b: 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 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 2 • 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
  3. 3. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 3 Agent X comments on a blog about When Helping Hurts • “Thankfully, Jesus didn’t read that book. We know this because he says to ‘give to all who ask’ (Luke 6) and told one rich guy to sell everything he had and give it to the poor (Mark 10) AND to top it all off, he actually fed 5000 a fish for a day! Amazing how this book claims to be biblical. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Turns out, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. Makes a better fire than sense (if you think Jesus makes sense). No. The Bible would have you give – even give to that bum as if he were Jesus himself, which he is (according to Jesus (Matt 25). Yeah. Probably should burn that book before it gets you burned.” • What do you think? Is the threat of “When-Helping Hurts-Paralysis” a clear and present danger?
  4. 4. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 4 If we believe the primary cause of poverty is: 1. A lack of knowledge 2. Oppression by powerful people 3. The personal sins of the poor 4. A lack of material resources Consider your personal ministry and your church’s ministry. Does the work seem focused on addressing one particular cause? Then we will primary try to: 1. Educate the poor 2. Work for social justice 3. Evangelize and disciple the poor 4. Give material resources to the poor
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  6. 6. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 6 1. A lack of knowledge 2. Oppression by powerful people 3. The personal sins of the poor 4. A lack of material resources 1. Educate the poor 2. Work for social justice 3. Evangelize and disciple the poor 4. Give material resources to the poor • How might each of the causes of poverty listed in the table above actually flow from brokenness in the four relationships? • How might this deeper diagnosis impact the ways you interact with people around you who are poor?
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  8. 8. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 8 • When the four relationships are functioning properly, humans experience the fullness of life that God intended—we are being what God created us to be. But as discussed in the video, the fall broke these relationships. • From this framework, poverty isn’t about a lack of material things. Instead, it is about much deeper issues: “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.”
  9. 9. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 9 • Listen to Mary’s story, keeping in mind this definition of poverty and the four broken relationships • From WHH Small Group Experience, pp. 18-19 • Where do you see each of the four broken relationships in Mary’s story, and how does each specifically contribute to her material poverty? 1. Broken relationship with God 2. Broken relationship with Self 3. Broken relationship with Others 4. Broken relationship with the Rest of Creation
  10. 10. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 10 • If we are to move forward in helping without hurting, we have to fully embrace a relational view of poverty, setting aside our tendency to view poverty as primarily a material condition that can be solved primarily with material things. • We are deep conditioned by our society’s modern worldview to view everything around us in material terms. Thus, the way that we act toward the materially poor often paints a faulty picture of the nature of God, self, others, and the rest of creation.
  11. 11. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 11 • The modern worldview, sometimes called “Western secularism” holds that the spiritual realm does not even exist. The universe is fundamentally a machine with origins and operations rooted in natural processes that humans can master through their own reason. • The material definition of poverty emanates from the modern worldview’s belief that all problems— including poverty—are fundamentally material in nature and can be solved by using human reason (science and technology) to manipulate the material world in order to solve those problems or achieve these goals.
  12. 12. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 12 • The worldview of biblical theism describes a God who is distinct from his creation but connected to it, a reality in which the spiritual and material realms touch each other. • Colossians 1 describes God, in the person of Jesus Christ, as the Creator, Sustainer, and Reconciler of all things, including the material world. • Thus, our approach to poverty alleviation should reflect this worldview, addressing the materially poor’s physical and spiritual needs, not just one or the other.
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  14. 14. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 14 1. When you get sick, what do you do? 2. Read 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 and Psalm 20:6-8. What was Asa’s sin? • 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, "Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars." • Psalm 20:6-8 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
  15. 15. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 15 3. Because of the ways we have unintentionally accepted the modern worldview, we tend to rely on science and our own reason to solve our problems. We forget to call on the one who created and upholds the universe. Are you like Asa? How does your worldview need to be transformed to reflect a biblical understanding of God and creation?
  16. 16. Session 1b: Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty 16 “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
  17. 17. Session 1b: 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. • Again, 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.
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