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Galatians 2:9-10 There is no doubt that Christians are to care for the poor and

Galatians 2:9-10
There is no doubt that Christians are to care for the poor and address issues of poverty.  Paul is reminded by the other Apostles to “remember the poor” in his ministry, and Paul replied that he was ready and willing to do so.
We must be careful to understand that “poor” does not necessarily mean financially poor, although Scripture often is pointing to economic poverty.  But it could also refer to being spiritually poor.  It could be that someone is morally poor, or ethically poor.  All of these are issues of poverty, and although we might not have someone who is economically poor nearby, there are others that we must care for in other forms of poverty at every socioeconomic level.
Focus Question: 
What kind of ministry to the poor are you familiar within your city or town?  Are you involved in any kind of ministry to the poor?

Jesus had plenty to say about money.  The Apostles also wrote about money, the w

Jesus had plenty to say about money.  The Apostles also wrote about money, the wealthy, and the poor.  Rather than assume, it is important to actually read and study the words of our Savior and these great men who followed Him.
Jesus and the Apostles based their views of wealth and poverty on the Old Testament.  Although this assignment focuses on the New Testament, it is important to note that it is part of the overall biblical view of these important subjects.
Read the following Bible passages:
Luke 19:1-27
Luke 16:1-13
1 Corinthians 16:2
Matthew 6:19-21
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Read the following two short articles:
Jesus on Wealth Redistribution: What He Said and Didn’t Say
Jesus Loves Rich People Article
Read:  “The Law ” by Bastiat (pages 20-42)
Complete the “Biblical View of Wealth Chart ” as instructed on the chart.
Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided.  Use of APA format is required for citation and the References page.

I need a Statement of Purpose for admissions into a Doctor of Ministry program w

I need a Statement of Purpose for admissions into a Doctor of Ministry program with a focus in Pastoral Counseling. I am currently an ordained minister with BS in Religion and currently working on my M.Div: General, Christian Lead & Church Min
Please submit a 300- 550 word minimum Statement of Purpose detailing the following:
1.Your vocational or ministry calling
2.Your vocational or ministry goals
3. A key ministry problem you feel needs to be addressed in today’s culture, which is appropriate to an advanced professional study

In order to act properly, Christians must think clearly and biblically.  Explori

In order to act properly, Christians must think clearly and biblically.  Exploring the Bible for the topics of wealth and poverty fits into a larger framework of Christian Economics.  That is, a view of economics that takes into consideration important perspectives on the Bible’s view of humanity, sin, and redemption.
This assignment looks at a few key biblical passages to begin the process of building this larger Christian framework for understanding economics.  A number of categories will guide your review and formation of these key principles.  From this broader view, Christians can develop more specific action steps to address issues that galvanize our culture regarding wealth and poverty.
Read:  Economics and the Christian Worldview: 12 Theses
Read:  Christian Economics: Myth or Reality?
Read:  “The Law ” by Bastiat (pages 1-20) (Please be aware that Bastiat lived in the 19th Century, so his terminology is not always used the same way as we do today. 
For example, when referring to “democrats” he is not talking about the modern Democrat Party).
Download and complete the “Christian View of Economics Chart ” as instructed on the chart.
Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided.  Use of APA format is required for citation and the References page.

The church has a role in caring for the poor…and for the wealthy.  Part of thi

The church has a role in caring for the poor…and for the wealthy.  Part of this responsibility is by providing biblical teaching which helps Christians think clearly about the issues that arise regarding wealth and poverty.  In fact, for a church to take action regarding poverty without clearly understanding the biblical ideas about wealth results in activities that can be irresponsible and misplaced. 
This discussion is to consider the role of teaching within the church walls, as well as teaching the broader culture.
Read Wealth and Poverty a Biblical Perspective
Read the following Bible passages:
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Galatians 2:9-10
James 2:1-9
Read more Bible verses on Poverty compiled by World Vision
After reading the article and Bible verses, discuss the following:
1. What are three (3) summary points about wealth that churches should teach?
2. What are three (3) summary points about poverty that churches should teach?
3. Explain, from your own experience, if you have been taught a balanced and biblical understanding of wealth and poverty in the church.
Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided.  Quoting or paraphrasing from any source in discussion posts requires APA format by including an in-text citation and listing the reference at the end of the post.

Using the NIV international version of the Bible Answer these two questions (ea

Using the NIV international version of the Bible
Answer these two questions (each question should be 3 pages)
In Luke 9:18 and 9:20, Jesus asks two questions: “Who do the crowds say I am?” and
“Who do you say I am?”
In at least six pages, typed and double-spaced, I want you to
answer those two questions within your own context and from the perspective of your
own thoughtful consideration.
For the first question – “Who do the crowds say I am?” – I want you to tell me what
others you have encountered say about Jesus. This can mean your roommate, your
friends, your family, various media outlets (music, movies, magazines, books) –anyone
in a contemporary context. How do they describe Jesus? What do they believe about
him? This does not need to be comprehensive, but it needs to paint a picture of how
Jesus is perceived by the world around you. You don’t need to interview people for this
but it tends to be a helpful way to discover perspectives on Jesus.
For the second question, I want you to consider what YOU believe about Jesus. It is
very appropriate to include description of your process of engagement with the Biblical
text, as well as description of your thinking and consideration about Jesus as an
historical figure, Jesus as a faith figure, and perhaps even Jesus as (using Peter’s
words) the anointed one and son of God.
Use rubric (found in files) to help guide paper

    Establish a clear main idea from the beginning the paper.     Organize eac

    Establish a clear main idea from the beginning the paper.
    Organize each section of your paper to follow a clear pattern.
    Make sure each element of your paper is in service of your main idea.
    Organized according to 3-4 relevant categories of research HIV/AIDS workshops in the African American Project. It should entail a discussion of relevant research and conclusions related to that subject, while interacting with various sources (approximately 5-7 per category).
    Proposed methodological directions are consistent with scholarly opinion, or if divergent, the weaknesses or inadequacies of previous research is understood
    Contrary or controversial opinions are fairly and objectively considered
    A historical context for the current investigation
    Pattern of inquiry as presented in the literature is related to HIV/AIDS awareness in the black community.

If the defining markers of what constitutes healthy manhood and womanhood have c

If the defining markers of what constitutes healthy manhood and womanhood have changed drastically over the past 50 years, they certainly have done the same with regard to marriage.  What was once seen as aberrant in marriage is now often accepted as the norm, particularly same-sex marriage.  We are some years away from what the data will show regarding children who have been raised in a same-sex marriage.
In addition, depending on the statistics one reads, the divorce rate among Christians is just as high, if not slightly higher, than non-Christians.  One wonders the reasons for this, as well as the effects of this in years to come, both on the family, and the American Church.
The term biblical marriage changes and addresses these issues in a pronounced way.  What follows is a partial list of what may come to mind when considering biblical marriage.
covenantal, unbreakable vows as opposed to contractual, breakable agreement
stability and permanence foundational for children a complementary, team approach to marriage
the commitment of a man and a woman, each to the other, for life sexual and emotional monogamy These, along with other terms, come to mind when one considers biblical marriage.
Do a broad, scriptural search for what is involved with biblical marriage.
Reflect on how biblical marriage relates to the descriptive words above.
Reflect on how secular culture might disagree with some of these descriptive words, or a biblical understanding of marriage in general.
Prepare to discuss what you believe to be a practical description of the components of Christian/biblical marriage, as it applies to today’s culture.
Scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided.  Quoting or paraphrasing from any source in discussion posts requires APA-7 format by including an in-text citation and listing the reference at the end of the post.

The Apostle Paul had some clear words for those, specifically in the Church at E

The Apostle Paul had some clear words for those, specifically in the Church at Ephesus, who were married.  The above passage gives direction regarding Christian marriage, and the message is no less important today.  Among the points that Paul makes are as follows:
Submission (Hupotasso – to arrange under, to submit to one’s control) is to be mutual, out of reverence for Christ, v21
Wives are to submit to their husbands as they would submit to Christ, v22, 24
The husband is head (Kephale – metaphorically, anything supreme, chief, prominent) of the wife as Christ is head of the Church, v23
Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church, and gave (Paradidomi – to give into the hands of another, to care for, to commit) Himself up for Her, v25
God’s plan is for the husband and wife to each leave their family of origin and join together to become one flesh (Sarx – substance or body), v31
As the husband loves the wife, she in turn respects (Phobeo – to reverence, venerate, treat with deference or obedience) him, v33
(biblestudytools.com)
If one is not careful, poor hermeneutics can lead to misunderstanding and abuse of the above passage.  Paul meant to send a clear message of the following:
No matter how one views Christian marriage, submission is to be mutual.
The onus is on the man to love his wife “just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for Her.” This is a tall order.  Can you imagine anything that Jesus would not do to love, honor, serve and protect His Wife, the Church?
As the Christian husband loves his wife as Jesus loves His (that is, the Church), then the Christian wife will reciprocate with her own love and respect for him.
Thus, his love for her fosters her respect for him, starting and maintaining an ongoing, holy, matrimonial reciprocity.
And so, if you are married, how does your marriage compare with what Paul prescribed?  If you are a husband, are you loving your wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her?  If you are a wife, do you respect your husband?
The bottom line of Christian marriage is that two people, under the Lordship of Christ, are constantly reaching toward each other, for each other’s mutual edification and benefit.  If the Christian husband is putting his wife before himself, and the Christian wife is putting her husband before herself, then each one is loving the other as Christ intended.  This is foundational to Christian marriage.