God’s Heart for the Vulnerable

Summary: God loves poor and vulnerable people and wants to use us to help them.

Read: Matthew 25:35-40

  • What do you like about this passage?
  • What do you find uncomfortable or difficult to understand in this passage?
  • What appears to be the main idea emphasized in this passage?

Read: James 1:22-27

  • How is James using the word “religion” here?
  • What is true of those who know what God wants, through his Word, but doesn’t do what it says?
  • What kind of religion does God accept?
  • How does the religion we practice compare with what God accepts?

Read Isaiah 58:1-12

  • How does God compare empty attempts to get something from him with obedience to his commands to help the vulnerable?

Read: Matthew 6:1-4

  • How does God want us to give to those in need?
  • Why do you think God asks us to give in this way?

More Questions to Consider

  • What are the beliefs and values promoted in these passages?
  • What do they reveal about our human condition and God’s response?
  • How are these beliefs and values similar or different from those that have influenced you? (such as your family, culture, peers, church, etc.)
  • How might our faith increase and our lives change as we embrace what is true and important?