About • Our Beliefs • Compassion Ministry

compassion.jpgBiblical Ministries Worldwide affirms the biblical truth that we serve a God of compassion (Ex. 34:6; Ps. 86:15; 103:13; 145:8-9; Lam. 3:22-23; 2 Cor. 1:3; Jam. 5:11), an attribute He shares with humankind (Gen. 43:30; Col. 3:12; 1 Jn. 3:17-18).

BMW missionaries should be committed to a life of compassion, combining practical help, the gospel message, and ethical teachings for the lives of the needy around us, both believers and nonbelievers.

At the same time, BMW missionaries must consistently resist any attempt within so-called Christendom to redefine sin in terms of physical, social, or economic human suffering, to redefine ministry as social work, or to redefine the work of Christ, the gospel, or salvation in terms of merely improving the human social condition.

The “gospel message” is of primary importance when engaging nonbelievers: it was Jesus’ primary reason for coming to earth (Mk. 1:38), it was the center of the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20), it was the focus of the Apostles (1 Cor. 9:16-23), and it is the power of God in changing the eternal destiny of a human being (Rom. 1:16-17). The gospel message, therefore, is central, theological, objective, and individual.

The “gospel ministry” includes the message but also involves practical, relational, interactive and culturally-sensitive labor and teaching directed at the whole person to help restore and transform the four broken human relationships with God, self, others, and the creation (Gen. 3:6-24; Lk. 4:18-21).

BMW missionaries desiring a compassion ministry should educate themselves and make every effort to help relieve the suffering in their communities using great wisdom and a keen sensitivity to the will of the Lord, so that they do not hurt themselves or those they are trying to help. Those who engage the poor and suffering should, without neglecting the gospel message and gospel ministry defined above:

 

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