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What Is Mercy Ministry?

(Basics of the Faith)

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Many people around us have desperate needs, and the Holy Spirit will not let us sit by and do nothing. This booklet encourages believers to act by pursuing a mercy ministry for their church.
Paperback, 38 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by P & R Publishing (first published January 2nd 2013)
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CJ Bowen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great short hortatory intro to a vital ministry of the Church.

Would have benefited from a focused section on deacons as leaders of mercy ministry rather than scattered comments throughout, and an examination of the top categories of those who are especially to receive mercy, ie, widows, orphans, strangers, poor, etc.

Especially helpful was the discussion of how mercy relates to sin and evil. Even sinners and fools should be given mercy, because God shows His mercy to sinners and fools like all o
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Allie Brent
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great brief description on the church’s mercy ministry.

Honestly, it was very convicting. Very informative. Learned a lot about the history and theological foundation for mercy ministry. Would recommend.
Roger Leonhardt
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the forth book I have read in the Basics of Faith Series. Each booklet takes a doctrine and explains it in easy to understand language. This one is no exception.

What is mercy ministry? shows us what ministry to those who are in need looks like. So many times we go to church week after week and never see the needs around us.

So many are hungry and in need of clothing. We are not only called to take the gospel to these, but we are also to feed and cloth them. We are to imitate the love of G
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Mark A Powell
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mercy ministry is a term that encompasses meeting physical needs of others, specifically in local and material ways. Ryken and Toly examine the biblical precedent for such work, and highlight Christ’s commands and His own work. They also give examples from church history (a section that, while I understood its inclusion, seemed misplaced). Specific helps to transition this type of mercy ministry from theory to practice in churches round out this extremely helpful and potent booklet.
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Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he has preached since 1995. He is Bible Teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate ...more

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