Here's a copy of the lastest essay I turned in for class... (BTW-I scored a 98%)
Outreach in the Community
Although many churches are thriving and have an active membership, we must make time to reach out to those around us. In the Bible, Romans 15:2, Paul tells us, Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. When Paul says, “neighbors” do you think he only means the people who live next door to us? No! A neighbor is someone in our community. Churches have a responsibility to reach out in their community and address the local spiritual, financial, and emotional needs (www.ehow.com).
First-- we, the church members, must address the spiritual needs of our local community. We must be a shining light and Christ-like in our behavior. This sets a good example and shows others the true meaning of God’s children. We must also share the Word of God and His message. We should be willing to share our faith in Jesus Christ with everyone we meet from the local grocer to the your child’s teacher. By spreading the message of God’s joy in our hearts we can reach others who may be lost.
Next, the church needs to address the financial needs of our community. The bible tells us something of earthly possessions, “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2. All of our money and ‘things’ mean nothing to the Lord, yet we continue to hoard them and collect them. We guard our treasures for security and status. We should be sharing any extra God has given us to others. In your community now, there is; a child going to bed hungry, a family snuggled together with no heat, and an elderly man with no shoes. Many will argue, “The people have placed themselves in this situation.” But, I tell you—it matters not how they got there but instead how we treat them. Jesus himself tells us, “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:44-4
Last, we must address the emotional needs of our community. Families are struggling with divorce, abuse, and sometimes failing leadership. We need to provide support and comfort to those who are broken and hurting. We need to lift each other up in Jesus name. We should also make time to have fellowship with one another: listening, helping, and praising together. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
Jesus never tells us to turn away from those in need. Nowhere does He leave a lonely mother to fend for herself and He does not want us to, as His children. God did not create the Church so we may segregate ourselves from society and the problems around us. We cannot spread the message of Jesus’ love by turning away from those who need it most. There are many ways for the church to reach out and help our local communities spiritual, financial, and emotional needs.
New International Version. www.biblegateway.com. Dec 2010
“Ideas for an Outreach Ministry.” www.ehow.com. Dec 2010