Arise & Build
Christian Based Community Development
Helping My Neighbor
June 10, 2018 • Dominique Lee
Sermon Points: In the text The Samaritan has ever ability to exploit the man in need. He has every ability to use this situation and turn a profit on it. He does not do that. He simply wants to serve and help. In helping our neighbor we must always do what is best for our neighbor. How do we do this well? 1. Assess the need and count the cost of meeting our neighbors' need. 2. Let our neighbors define their need and respect their boundaries. 3. Helping must not be driven by personal gain but by sacrificial service. 4. Helping takes time and we must be committed to stick with it until the job is done.
Who Is My Neighbor?
June 3, 2018 • Dominique Lee
Sermon Points: We don’t like to consider the needs of others. For some of us, it is because we feel as if we don’t have time or because we feel that our own needs are so burdensome we don't have anything to offer. Some of use isolation and comfort to avoid considering the pain of others, because we don’t want to get dirty with the messiness of the world around us. Jesus teaches us that everyone is our neighbor. This is true no matter who they are, their political affiliation, or the color of their skin. Regardless of these things, we can’t turn a blind eye to their needs. Noteworthy Quotes: "The parable of the Good Samaritan clearly defines our neighbor as anyone at all- relatives, friends, acquaintance, stranger or enemy- whose need we see. Not all men are brothers, but every man is my neighbor." - Tim Keller
Devoted to good works
May 20, 2018 • Dominique Lee
Sermon Points: The barrier between communities and the gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting love that changes and benefits communities is Christians who have decided that the brokenness in the world is not their business. Christian community development is a great apologetic and a great demonstration of the Christian faith.
Biblical authority vs. secular wisdom in christian based community development
May 13, 2018 • Dominique Lee
Sermon Points: We must have governing authority that is righteous and just. And that authority is God and His word. The reason why we need community development at all is because we do not play by God’s rules. We must be very careful to make sure we do not stray from biblical truth in our attempt to apply field research to our approaches to community development or any other topic. Textbooks and extra biblical works cannot become our authority. We have to be very careful not to give them a greater voice than we give the Bible.
Heaven on Earth
May 6, 2018 • Dominique Lee
Sermon Points: The goal of christian based community development is to restore goodness in people’s lives by sharing the gospel and showing the gospel. Community development does not become christian unless the end goal of introducing people to Jesus takes place.