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Sharing God's Heart for the Poor Amy Sherman World Vision

Sharing God's Heart for the Poor

Author: Amy L. Sherman

“God’s concern for the poor is no footnote in Scripture, no mere afterthought. It is a central pervasive theme.”


Author Amy L. Sherman explores this central pervasive theme in Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor. In this two-part Bible study for individuals or small groups, she guides us through a multitude of Scriptures that convey exactly how God both regards those in need and how he expects His followers to respond.

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Can one person really make an impact on the massive needs of the world? Is there really a role for me in alleviating the suffering of others? What role does God play in the midst of catastrophe? Does He even care about those in need? All of these questions can lead us to the point of paralysis. It’s very easy to throw up our arms and say, “There’s no use getting involved. It’s someone else’s problem. Let God deal with it.”

But then something amazing happens. Something unexpected.

God says, “I do care. I care deeply about the poor, the marginalized, the suffering. I care so much that I want you to be my ambassadors. To be my salt and light in a world of incredible need.”

This beautifully illustrated, 112 page full colour Bible study guide explores how we can be that much needed salt and light. Divided into two complete eight-part sections, this sixteen-session guide can be used for individual or small group studies.

    • Part One: Sharing God’s Heart (Studies 1-8)

    • As we encounter heartbreaking images of tragedy—starving children, drowning refuges, persistent homelessness—most of us are moved to compassion in some way. We wonder how such horrific things can happen and may even ask, “where is God in the midst of calamity? Does He care about the suffering we see all around us?” These first eight studies reflect upon God’s concern for the poor, His identification with those who are suffering and how He is very much present in the midst of calamity.

    • Part Two: Being God’s Hands (Studies 9-16)

    • Bishop Desmond Tutu has said, “Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action!” These second eight studies consider how God calls us to so much more than a sentimental response to the misfortune of others. Rather, we’re called to actively enter into the lives of those who are suffering in compassionate, loving and sometimes uncomfortable ways.

      As you complete each of these studies your heart will be moved to compassion and your feet to action in service to those on the margins of society.

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      About The Author

      Amy L. Sherman

      Dr. Amy L. Sherman directs the Center on Faith in Communities at the Sagamore Institute and also serves as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice. She is the founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, a holistic Christian community development ministry among lower-income families in Charlottesville, Virginia.

      Among her many books are The Soul of Development (Oxford University Press); Restorers of Hope: Reaching the Poor in Your Community with Church-based Ministries That Work (Crossway Books) and Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP). Her articles have appeared in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Books & Culture, First Things, World and a variety of other periodicals.

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