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Christian Caregiving A Way of Life Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life book by the same title by Kenneth C. Hauk and William J. McKay “DistinctivelyChristian caring and relating is not optional or even merely desirable for the follower of Jesus. It is a necessity.” pg. 7 Who am I as a Christian? Who are we? is the key question… Christian community is the body of Christ being itself. Christianity is always a matter of growth. front end beliefs to establish: Growth in our Christian life continues until the day we die Front end beliefs to establish: Growth in our Christian life continues until the day we die The Christian does not merely talk about caring…the Christian cares! front end beliefs to establish: Growth in our Christian life continues until the day we die The Christian does not merely talk about caring…the Christian cares! Evangelism is an embrace, not a club…as you are embraced by God‟s love, you cannot help but embrace others. Distinctively Christian Caregiving Care Givers Care Receivers “we serve because we “…but by the grace of can…we can because God go I” we, redeemed by grace, become vessels to be “to receive is to become used by God to continue vulnerable” to demonstrate His love and grace” “to receive allows God to work through others” “distinctively Christian caregiving” Why do we struggle with care that is distinctively Christian? Attitudes that get in our way… Personal embarrassment Others‟ embarrassment Excessive caution A bad experience Insufficient knowledge Fear of mishandling „explosive‟ materials Fear of rejection Mislabeling and misdefining Paralyzing perfection Image preservation Uncertainty of others‟ needs TASK In small groups (3-4) take one of the following passages: Matthew 20:1-16 Luke 10:25-37 Matthew 22:15-22 Luke 15:11-32 Then answer the following questions: 1. Who are the care givers and who are the care receivers? 2. What is distinctively Christian in the care giving? 3. How does Christ‟s suggested action coincide with or go against your normal ways of thinking and doing things? God as the cure giver Thomas a Kempis: “we must put God first. We must put ourselves, not second, but in God‟s hands.” God as the cure giver… “Christians are responsible for care; God is responsible for cure.”Hauk and McKay our desire to “cure” Giving care provides the space for God to give the cure… Is our desire to fix, our desire „to be like God?‟ When we extend our hands to help others we can‟t hold on to our own idols… We care by listening… Listening requires active engagement Listening requires receiving another Listening requires moments of silence Listening requires empathetic response The wounded healer (Henri Nouwen) Isa 53 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. Matt 25-26 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, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Prayer May God, our cure giver, give us strength and compassion for each other and for ourselves, along with the faith and wisdom to trust him alone to bring about cures. May God‟s unchanging love for us give us continual healing and joy. May we allow God to work through us, as vessels of his healing love, grace, and hope.
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