Like the Samaritan who found a dying man by the Jericho road, we’re aware of people in need around usthe widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our church. God calls us to help them, whether they need shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendship.
Tim Keller shows that caring for these people is the job of every believer, as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, discipleship, and worship. But he doesn’t stop there. He tackles thorny issues as he shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches. Retypeset third edition. Includes discussion questions.
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About the Author
Timothy J. Keller (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, and the author of the best seller The Reason for God. He previously was associate professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and director of mercy ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Table of Contents
Editor's Note 9
Prologue: The One Who Showed Mercy 11
Introduction: Who Is My Neighbor? 17
Part 1 Principles
1 The Call to Mercy 35
2 The Character of Mercy 45
3 The Motivation for Mercy 61
4 Giving and Keeping: A Balanced Lifestyle 71
5 Church and World: A Balanced Focus 85
6 Conditional and Unconditional: A Balanced Judgment 99
7 Word and Deed: A Balanced Testimony 113
Part 2 Practice
8 Getting Started 131
9 Preparing the Church 143
10 Mobilizing the Church 167
11 Expanding Your Vision 189
12 Managing Your Ministry 211
13 Mercy Ministry and Church Growth 225
14 Meeting Needs 245
Recommended Reading 255
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho road is a first rate example of pastoral leadership and council for improving a Christian's and a church's mercy ministry. Built on Keller's graduate work, this book is divided into two sections: Principles and Practice, with an overarching desire to show how Christians united in the work of the church show and do mercy in ways that are not just tacked on, but come out of an extension and life of joy and grace. Keller answers common objections and examines common best practices, while showing that a healthy congregation, of any size is capable of ministries that live out not just a balance of word and deed ministry, but work in tandem with one another well, to the point that you cannot have success with one, without naturally having success with another. His writing here can be a bit technical, but it remains approachable and with many examples based on solid Biblical principles, shows common approaches to mercy ministry that work in tandem with Biblical council on Christian ethics, that aims to treat the whole person with the good news in Christ. Very well recommended.