Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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instead to rely on their good works to win people to Christ. Pastor Timothy Keller, of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, says we need both gospel messaging and gospel neighboring components of salt and light ministry to be effective in our communities and share the love of Christ.4 We must be ready at all times to share the message of Jesus5 while always looking for ways to love our neighbors through sacriÄJPHS ZLY]PJL (NHPU 1LZ\Z ZLY]LZ HZ our perfect example. He met physical needs, healed the blind, and touched the lepers. He also confronted sin, proclaimed good news to the poor, and told those he ministered to about the kingdom of God.6

inadvertently hurt individuals further by creating unnecessary dependencies. We must be careful to never confuse unconditional love with unconstrained benevolence.7 Sometimes the best way to love others is to set practical guidelines on what we can and cannot do for them.8 It can be easy to focus on the symptoms of poverty and ignore the root issues. However, in order to help our communities and its individuals reach ZLSM Z\MĂ„JPLUJ`" ^L T\Z[ LUJV\YHNL them to pursue their own developTLU[ 6M[LU[PTLZ [OPZ TLHUZ YLTV]ing barriers that lead to failure and equipping folks with necessary skills for success.

Individuals in our communities will be attracted to the Jesus they see in you when you are meeting needs with ZHJYPĂ„JPHS SV]L HUK ZLY]PJL ^OPJO opens the door for sharing the Gospel message. Remember to be transparent about your faith without pressuring people to profess the same beliefs you hold so dear.

Dr. John Perkins, Founder and President Emeritus of the Christian Community Development Corporation, says, “By focusing on symptoms rather than on the underlying disease, we are often hurting the very people we are trying to help. Surprisingly, we are also hurting ourselves in the process. As followers of Jesus Christ, we simply must do better.�9

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