Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel by Tim Chester
I don’t believe I’ve read one single book on the topic of the poor- I am sad to say and a little bit ashamed. The poor and the marginalized are near and dear to God’s heart, so why do so many Christians ignore them (including myself)?
If you’d like to explore a Biblical response to reaching the poor, this is the book to read. Steeped in Scripture and with a Biblical world view, Chester does a masterful job exploring this topic from start to finish. Here is the point and purpose of the book in the words of Chester himself:
“Is social involvement something we do as well as evangelism? Is it another way of doing evangelism? Or perhaps it is a distraction from the real job of proclaiming the gospel? This book explores these issues. My aim is to look at the issue of social involvement and our responsibility to the poor in the light of the nature, content, and priorities of the gospel.”
Now for a bit of reflection on my part. This is a helpful book and I am certain I will be referring back to it as we plant a church that is aiming toward reaching a poorer area of Carrollton. It made me think outside the box and really take a hard look at motivations as well as methods for ministering to the poor. If you are looking toward this type of ministry, I hope that you will pick it up.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17