Bible Study Course
“Is not this what I choose (says the Lord), to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house.”
(Isaiah 58.7 NRSV)
“The stranger has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveller.”
(Job 31.32 NRSV)
Being homeless is a miserable experience. It means often being cold, sometimes hungry, nearly always tired because it is hard to get to sleep, often afraid of being attacked, finding it difficult to keep clean.
Being homeless means living on the margins of society, excluded from things other people mostly take for granted.
“Love your neighbour as yourself” was part of the teaching of the Old Testament. Jesus emphasised this in calling people to be his disciples. Part of loving our neighbour is to love our neighbour who is home- less.
To love is to imagine ourselves in other people’s shoes, to listen to their experience, to feel something of their discomfort and their pain.
Our hope is that this course will help people in their response to Jesus’ call to be his disciples.
Homelessness in the Bible and Today is a five session Study Course which offers a wide range of biblical material with questions for group discussion. Each session has a section on Understanding Homelessness Today, prayers and information about Alabaré’s work.
The course traces the theme of care for those who are homeless and vulnerable through the Bible, from the Law and the prophets of the Old Testament to the life and teaching of Jesus and his first followers. It provides background information that brings the Bible’s teaching alive. The course includes Sessions entitled:
1 ‘There was a Famine in the Land’, with a dramatized reading of the Book of Ruth
2 ‘The Foreigner, the Widow and the Orphan’, with readings from the Law of Moses
3 ‘Room for No-one Else’, with readings from the Prophets
4 ‘Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you who are Poor’’, with readings from the Gospels
5 ‘The Son of Man has Nowhere to Lay his Head’, with readings from the New Testament
This course will help you to understand the causes and circumstances that lead to people becoming homeless today, and will provide information about how Alabaré Christian Care & Support is providing support for homeless and vulnerable people. All funds donated will support our work, and through our values of Care, Compassion, Generosity and Respect, you will help us to fulfil our vision to support others into living a fulfilling life (John 10:10).
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