What is Mercy Ministry?
“Mercy Ministry’s begin with the recognition of profound human need. Mercy is offered in gratitude to God for the grace he has given in Jesus Christ and out of the genuine desire to imitate his love.”
Why should FCC have Ministries of Mercy?
“God is a God of mercy. [4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved (Eph2:4-5)] He is also Compassionate, Kind, Loving, Long-Suffering, and Patient. The virtues all find their source in God.”
He has called us His People and Chosen us. “This should humble our pride and teach us to love people who seem to be undeserving, for so are we.”
Christ, Himself, is the example that we are to follow in word and deed. He was the epitome of teaching and showing mercy. The atoning mercy of our own forgiveness, which is Christ's sacrifice at the cross, should set the agenda for our own ministry. “Just as Jesus laid down his life for us, so we also lay down our lives for others" (1 John 3:16).
“But it goes beyond the grave as well, to the empty tomb and to restoration back to our Father. It gives us the hope of new life and a new creation. We have the same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work within us merciful.” This is the true hope that he has to offer and the true hunger and thirst that only he can quench. We have to remember to look beyond service, but to people’s restoration with a Holy God. “We should never stop at the cross when we think of Christ-centered ministry; we should always rise from the empty tomb to the throne of heaven, where our merciful Savior reigns in glory.”
The church was ordained by God and the perfect place to offer mercy as a community.
In essence, our entire theology/doctrine: “God and Man, creation, redemption, sin, and salvation compels us to show mercy to the lost in the gospel of His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Along with service, one of our main goals should be the spreading of the gospel. An unbeliever can do service work, but we have what will truly satisfy them- the message of Jesus Christ and himself crucified. Partnership with any group or non-profit will know that we come not just to serve, but to bring Christ.