Christian Caregiving by hedongchenchen

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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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