Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change

Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change

by John D. Barry


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ISBN-13: 9781641231756
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 841,507
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John D. Barry is a nonprofit CEO, Bible scholar, and pastor. After a career in Christian publishing and Bible software, John and his wife, Kalene, sold their house and nearly everything they owned to dedicate their lives to spreading the gospel and empowering the impoverished. They serve with Jesus' Economy, an innovative nonprofit creating jobs and churches in the developing world. John and Kalene also serve as missionaries with Resurrect Church Movement, the domestic division of Jesus’ Economy, equipping U.S. churches to effectively alleviate poverty and bring people to Jesus. John is the general editor of the highly-acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary, which are used by over one million people, and the author or editor of thirty books, including the popular daily devotional Connect the Testaments. John formerly served as founding publisher of Lexham Press, an imprint of Faithlife Corporation / Logos Bible Software, and as the editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine, a product he launched. In a primarily unchurched area of the U.S., John has worked extensively with the homeless, helped plant a church, and launched a ministry. Internationally, John has initiated indigenous church planting efforts and the drilling of water wells, and launched an online fair trade marketplace (to empower the impoverished). He speaks internationally on engaging the Bible, poverty, and spreading the gospel. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Prologue: Opportunities like never before.

Part 1 The problem of poverty. How our world works. And envisioning a better reality.

Yellow Paper Crowns 7

What Does a Better World Look Like to You? 9

Spiritual and Physical Poverty-It's All Connected 11

Poverty by the Numbers: The Sustainable Development Goals 13

Why Poverty Continues 24

We're All Connected 29

Reflections on Part One: Jesus Is the Key to Overcoming Poverty 32

Part 2 God's view of the impoverished. What the Bible says about poverty. And what that really means.

Jesus Will Shock You 35

What Jesus Really Said About Poverty 40

Jesus Never Said It Would Be Easy 48

Truly Understanding the Always-Perplexing Jesus 51

Applying Jesus' Ancient Teachings to Our Modern Context 57

Justice, Mercy, and the Angry Prophets 63

When Jesus Comes to Town 67

I Saw Jesus Once 70

True Religion Is This 73

Anjali and Redeeming Cash Money 78

Saint Paul Says Little (Yet Implies a Lot) About Poverty 93

The First Christian Entrepreneur 101

Reflections on Part Two: Jesus Wants to Change the World Through You 106

Part 3 The myths of poverty. What followers of Jesus should say in response. And really understanding poverty.

The Myths of Poverty 109

The Church at the Center of Solving Poverty 117

Reflections on Part Three: Where the Physical and Spiritual Meet 120

Part 4 Some very practical ideas for overcoming poverty. How you can truly love people. And why it won't be easy.

Truly Loving Your Neighbors and Neighborhood 125

Truly Loving the Homeless 128

Truly Loving by Finding the Right Ministry for You 139

Truly Loving People Globally 141

Truly Loving Through Short-Term Missions 144

Truly Loving by Changing Your Giving Habits 148

Truly Loving via Your Church 151

Truly Loving Someone in the Mission Field 156

Truly Loving with Your Money 158

Truly Loving by Expanding Your Church's Efforts 161

Truly Loving Through Your Work 163

Epilogue: Never stop truly loving.

Acknowledgments 169

Books You Probably Should Read 172

About the Author 178


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Anonymous 5 months ago
John Barry’s "Jesus' Economy" was really helpful for me in thinking through how I, as a Christian in the United States, can advance the kingdom, impact the global church, and meaningfully address the issues of global poverty and hardship faced by people throughout the world. John stresses that to alleviate world poverty, we should realize how impoverished we are spiritually if we do not have the gospel first and foremost at the center of our lives. The proclamation of Christ crucified and the alleviation of material and physical hardships should go hand-in-hand in our ministries at home and abroad. In Jesus’ economy, we are called to live spirit-filled lives marked by generosity and charity, and if these aren’t at the forefront of our endeavors, then we labor in vain. Moreover, John writes in a really engaging style that continually emphasizes and re-emphasizes the message of the gospel. It’s obvious from the first pages of the book that John’s hope is in Jesus, a hope he wants to share with anyone who reads his book or knows about the non-profit he runs, Jesus Economy. John also provides considerable data on world poverty and the plans that have been tried so far to alleviate it, breaking down what is a huge problem in a way that is clear for readers to understand. For a layman unfamiliar with all the major crises erupting across the world, John’s inserts on global poverty, indices, and other relevant figures were extremely helpful. The problem seems overwhelmingly big, but the central message of "Jesus’ Economy" is as inspiring as it is practical: “Reject the apathy so common in our culture,” pray that God would enable you to take meaningful, albeit small, steps in the right direction, and embrace the kind of gospel-centered change examined in the book. Really good, worthwhile read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
As a pastor, I appreciate John’s firm grounding in the biblical text as he offers challenging and thought provoking principles in being a community for the marginalized. Our church has appreciated John wisdom that has helped orient us to act w/ faith. Jesus Economy lives up to its claim of offering biblically rooted solutions and ideas in confronting poverty, both physically and spiritually, individually and in society. I’d recommend this book for any person or group wondering how they can serve the marginalized around them.
IanUssery 5 months ago
In his book, Jesus Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change, author John Barry sheds some much needed light in the area of poverty alleviation from a Biblical perspective. In a time when short-term missions and blindly giving money to the poor are almost expected of Christians, Barry calls us to question the effectiveness of these methods. Instead of just meeting basic physical needs, Barry offers a more holistic approach that incorporates church planting and job creation to create long-term solutions. One thing that is clear while reading the book is that the Jesus Economy model is influenced by sound exegesis of the Bible, every step of the way. There are many points in the book to "stop and reflect" on specific Biblical passages or facts, which feels very devotional while remaining absolutely educational. The thing that I appreciated most about the book were the real-life stories that Barry included in each chapter. The Jesus Economy model is not something abstract and untested, but rather something that has been lived out amongst those who need it most. Overall, Barry challenges us to put God's kingdom first by laying down our lives, and our wallets (responsibly), as he has done. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to gain a Biblical view of how we can alleviate poverty in a lasting way.
Matthias Barker 5 months ago
Barry maneuvers the expansive topic of christian faith and poverty with expertise both in showing the economic scaffolding needed to address modern poverty and the theological ontology that informs christian charity. The integration of spiritual and physical aspects of poverty into the conversation leaves the reader with a substantive understanding of God’s desire of the world— the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Resources need to be shared with those in crisis, a holistic view on the dignity and purpose of “work” needs rediscovered, governments need an awakening of integrity, and the church needs to assume its responsibilities in both the spiritual and physical domains. This book inspires one to see the topic of poverty holistically and leaves one humbled by the power and responsibility of the individual, society, and the church.
Ryan-Edwards 5 months ago
Many parts of this book agreed with my spirit. I've always prayed about things that John writes passionately about also, like astounding others by taking actions that contrast the apathy we see all around us. We were called to be on a lampstand! (Matthew 5:15-16). John's teachings in the 'truly loving the homeless' section are realistic & practical. I'm on the leadership team of my church's homeless ministry and we apply the same principles. We're called to be wise children of God. Sometimes dealing with homeless people requires us to show 'tough love.' Many homeless people have been hardened by life on the streets, so not everyone can be helped by a soft approach. John lives by this and I love the 'Bible Answer Man' nickname he was given to showcase it John rightly says that we aren't invincible and cautions us that we're to 'be aware of our surroundings, be evaluative and be vigilant.' On international ministry, John writes about things I've never considered; like the major differences between shame and honour in cultures. It's so refreshing to get good teaching on things he's personally experienced. Even details that some may overlook (like journaling the time in the mission field) is a pleasure to be reminded of. John rightly points out that our churches need us to serve them. It's so easy to get caught up in expecting the leaders to cater for our spiritual (and at times physical) needs and I fully agree that we must position ourselves as rightful servants in God's Kingdom. This book is encouraging, informative & an excellent evangelistic teaching tool. I'd happily pay to be taught this material in a training course! As many of his material comes from his own experience in Jesus' Economy, I find it's such a trusted source of sound, practical information. There are certain things we'll only learn while actually being present in the mission field and I thank God for John & his experiences. I pray others may find this book helpful, encouraging and will equip them for every good work. My favourite quote from the book: 'It is Jesus' second coming that we wait for. But it is His work now that we live for.' Blessings to all. In His service, Ryan